Many Gun Owners Expected To Ignore Assault Weapon Registration Deadline

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Many gun owners expect the deadline for registering assault weapons under New York's strict new law to be largely ignored.

The state law passed soon after the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in neighboring Connecticut immediately banned New York sales of semi-automatic weapons with detachable magazines and one military-style feature.

For an estimated 1 million older guns already owned by New Yorkers, including popular AR-15s, the law requires registration by April 15.

State police have established simple online registrations but refuse to say how many they've received.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the gun law. When asked recently about registration, he said he didn't know.

Critics say hardly anyone is signing up. A few thousand people gathered in Albany last week to protest the law and registration.