April 1, 2014

ALBANY — Thousands of people gathered on the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Tuesday speaking out against the NY SAFE Act.

Gun rights activists ripped Gov. Andrew Cuomo for enacting the gun law last year. People at the rally held signs that said, “I’m the NRA,” “Kiss my assault stick, Andy-boy,” among others.

A veteran brought a life-size Gov. Andrew Cuomo doll, portrayed as a puppet hanging from strings. The sign read, “I have $33 million in my war chest, you can’t touch me!”Speaking at the rally was celebrity billionaire Donald Trump, Buffalo businessman and 2010 Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino and this year’s Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino.

“It’s just negative after negative and after everything they give you the NY SAFE Act,” Trump said to the crowd. “We have to protect the Second Amendment.”

The state's Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act bans the possession of high-capacity magazines, creates a registry of assault weapons and requires ammunition dealers to do background checks.

New Yorkers have until April 15 to register guns that are considered assault weapons under the SAFE Act.

Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon, and Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, R-Melrose, attended the rally. Also spotted at the rally was Jim Fischer, a Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam.

The pro-gun rally was organized by SCOPE, Shooters Committee on Political Education. National Rifle Association President Tom King stopped by but did not participate in the rally.

From:  Haley Viccaro
Gazette Reporter


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