Albany Rally

Rally at NY Capitol continues protest of gun law

by Joseph Spector, Poughkeepsie Journal  |  published on June 14, 2013


ALBANY — Gun-rights advocates held a rally Tuesday at the Capitol to continue their protest of the state’s gun-control law, saying it is unconstitutional and should be repealed.

There have been at least five major rallies in Albany in opposition to the law passed in January. The law toughens the state’s assault-weapons ban, requires additional registration by gun owners and limits the number of bullets in a magazine to seven.

Tuesday’s rally, which drew about 1,000 people from across the state, hit on the same themes as previous events: attacking Gov. Andrew Cuomo with chants of “Cuomo’s gotta go” and signs that included, “Cuomo – Kiss My AR’s.”

Some Republicans lawmakers said they would press for the law’s repeal, although legislative leaders and Cuomo have given no indication they would make major changes.

Some attendees said they would not comply with the law.

“If they would pass a law that would truthfully save people, I’m sure everybody here would be more than willing to adhere to it,” said Lou DiPietro, 65, of West Henrietta, Monroe County. “But basically the law that they’ve made isn’t doing anything against criminals, it’s only against the law-abiding citizens.”

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