According to the SAFE FAQ pages, yes removing the bayonet lug would negate the need to register. The way I read the Bill (S2230) there is an exemption for firearms that are 50 years old or older, however it will need to be registered. So if I read this right you can still order your Garand but it will need to be registered. I may have to call the hotline and double check this, I've been waiting to order my Garand until my taxes come back. If this is not the case I'll have to scrap that plan until either a) the law is repealed or b) I retire and move out of NY and who knows if they'll still be available. I'll be calling the hotline on Thursday and will report back when I have that info.