Sportsmen rally locals to protest SAFE Act

by Joe Gentile, Hudson-Catskill Newspapers  |  published on February 28, 2013

The Columbia County Sportsmen’s Federation said Monday they have mustered about 250 county residents to lobby state legislators about New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. Organized by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Thursday’s action has been billed as a Citizens Lobby Day at the state Capitol.

Speakers scheduled to address a rally held at Capitol Park include Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, R-Melrose, state Senator Kathleen Marchione, R-Halfmoon, NYSRPA President Tom King and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association. Participants are encouraged by NYSRPA’s website to schedule an appointment with their assemblyman or state senator for Thursday.

“If they refuse, show up anyway,” NYSRPA’s website reads.

Event organizers also revealed online that a special appearance will be made by NRA President David Keene.

“This was one of those deals where some things have relevance, but they’re crowded out by the irrelevance,” CCSF President Jim Bashford commented. “I’m really opposed to everything about [the NY SAFE Act.]”

Chief among Bashford’s complaints was his assertion that state legislators had little time to read through the NY SAFE Act before putting it to a vote.

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