Bill Nojay had this to say about the SAFE Act and future gun control initiatives in New York:
The rank-and file-troopers don’t want anything to do with it. I don’t know a single sheriff upstate who is going to enforce it. If you don’t have the troopers and you don’t have the sheriffs, who have you got? You’ve got Governor Andrew Cuomo pounding on the table in Albany. I know a few hundred of these gun owners. I don’t know of any of them that are going to be registered.
During a meeting at the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club, Nojay was asked what the public could do to convince fellow gun owners to get involved in the political fight against gun control laws. One woman told Nojay she knows 10 gun owners in her family who don’t care about fighting the law or voting because they don’t see how it impacts them.
The Second Amendment supporting lawmaker said:
My answer is very simple: The Safe Act is not the end, it’s the beginning. You don’t have to take my word for it. You look at the bills that are before the state legislature that the Democrats from New York City want to see passed. … They [Democrats] believe that anyone who owns a firearm should be required to have $3 or $5 million of liability insurance. They don’t care … what happens north of the Bronx in terms of employment. In fact, I had a Democrat say to me, and we were taking an elevator ride, and I said, ‘You know, you’re killing us with the job situation in upstate New York. And he looks at me like a teacher would look at a slow child and he said, ‘Bill, why would we want to create more jobs in upstate New York? Those are going to be likely Republicans who are going to vote against us.’”
New York has 62 counties, and a total of 52 counties have already passed resolutions opposing the SAFE Act. If the refusal to enforce the dictates of the new statute continues in the law enforcement realm, a ruling by a federal judge to uphold most of the provisions will be essentially meaningless.