Chants of ‘we will not comply’ as 7,000 call to repeal gun law |

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Thousands of protesters swarmed in front of the Capitol Thursday,
protesting new gun legislation and fighting against what they say are
infringements on New Yorkers Second Amendment rights.

About 7,000 people slogged through thick mud and light drizzle at
West Capitol Park to call for repeal of the NY SAFE Act that passed
quickly in the late hours of Jan. 15.

National Rifle Association President David Keene spoke to the crowd
and said the NRA would do “whatever’s necessary” to defend gun
owners, get rid of those in government that don’t support gun rights
and help repeal the gun legislation.
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“We all have a special interest in our future,” said Keene, speaking
on the future of gun ownership.

The crowd was awash in American flags, Don’t Tread On Me flags and
anti-Cuomo signs, some going as far as comparing him to Adolph
Hitler. It eclipsed an Albany protest on Feb. 12 that drew about 600

Richard Baum, an attorney from Sullivan County, said he supported
repeal because the law infringes on basic Constitutional rights.

“It’s about rights; it’s not about hunting,” said Baum. “Private
property and self-defense define liberty.”

Full repeal of the gun law and anti-Cuomo sentiment were both played
up big at the event organized by the New York State Rifle and Pistol
Association. Chants of the crowd ranged from “Cuomo’s got to go,” to
“no deal, repeal” and “we will not comply.”

The new law sets a seven-bullet limit on magazines, tightens the
definition of illegal “assault weapons” and requires owners of
formerly legal semi-automatic guns to register them.

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, D-Forestburgh, said she was happy to
see so many women at the rally and criticized what she said is an
economic hit from the legislation.

“This is a $4.5 million economic impact to the state of New York,”
said Gunther.

Sen. John Bonacic, R-Mount Hope, said the legislation supported
criminals and gangbangers instead of making people safe. He called
the law “a piece of crap.”

Many criticized the way the law was passed, with a “message of
necessity” issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to skirt the three-day waiting
period and past 11 p.m.

“We believe Gov. Cuomo jumped on the bandwagon to become president of
the United States,” said Tom Moriarty, a retired New York City police
officer from Orange County. He said the criminal laws already on the
books should be enforced to the fullest, rather than infringing on
people’s Second Amendment rights and guns they have for hunting and security.

“There’s a lot of people here. There’s more people coming right now,”
said Moriarty, who arrived with 125 members of the Black Rock Fish &
Game Club in Cornwall on two buses.

Orange County has passed a resolution affirming Second Amendment
Rights. Ulster County has opposed the process and certain provision
of the NY SAFE Act. Sullivan County has tabled a resolution opposing the act.

Eleven-year-old Lene Fornino of the Town of Rochester arrived on one
of seven buses along with 300 people from Ulster County. She sang
“God Bless America” toward the end of the rally, with the crowd
chanting “USA” back to her when she finished..

Chants of ‘we will not comply’ as 7,000 call to repeal gun law |

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