New York gun owners are using U.S. currency to protest Gov. Andrew Cuomo's introduction of some of the toughest firearms regulations in the nation.
A red-ink slogan demanding "Cuomo Must Go! Your Vote Counts" has started to appear on dollar bills as well as being stamped across invoices, payment slips and envelopes.
The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
reported that the "Cuomo Must Go" stamp can be bought over the Internet for $8.50 from Jim Arendt, who has branched out from his day job — running a Rochester-area floor care business — to retail props to defend the Second Amendment.
An announcement running Thursday
on his site, says the stamp is so popular that it temporarily is out of stock. New supplies should be available April 30.
"We thought if people want to get active and help spread their displeasure with the current governor, let's do a stamp," Arendt, a 48-year-old married father of two, told the Rochester newspaper.
"People get the stamps and they stamp everything they see."
Lamentably, gun owners who were hoping to further publicize their cause by being busted for civil disobedience have been informed by a spokesman for William Hochul Jr., the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, that defacing a bill is not illegal unless it is done with the intent to making it useless.
Imprinting negative thoughts about Cuomo has no effect on the currency's value, the spokesman said.
The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 commonly known as the NY SAFE Act was introduced in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012.
It broadened the definition of what is considered a banned assault weapon, reduced the size of permissible gun magazines to seven rounds from 10, and requires registry of assault weapons.
The New York Daily News
said it has been a bonanza for other regions of the country, which swiftly began offering incentives to the state's firearms manufacturers to relocate.
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