Thousands protest NY SAFE Act in Albany

by Jim Kenyon,  |  published on March 2, 2013

More than 5,000 NY SAFE Act opponents are lobbied lawmakers and rallied at the Capitol in Albany against measures they say infringe on their constitutional right to bear arms.

The New York Rifle and Pistol Association (NYRPA), the rally organizer, says busloads of demonstrators from more than a dozen counties around the state arrived Thursday morning. They joined thousands of other SAFE Act opponents on the lawn in front of the Capitol.

The NYRPA described the “5th Annual NYSRPA Lobby Day and Rally” on their website as “a day to lobby the state legislature on gun rights. Call your Assemblyman and State Senator to make an appointment to meet with them in their offices on the 28th. If they refuse show up anyway.”

Among the demonstrators was Jody Dates of Red Creek in Cayuga County. She told CNY Central’s Jim Kenyon, “I feel like it’s punishing the law abiding citizen.” Her father, Ed Dates added: “We don’t want to see any of these crimes committed like we’ve seen in schools. No one wants that, but this isn’t the way to go about it. We’ve got laws on the books and they’re not being enforced.”

A group of about 300 women held their own separate demonstration on the steps of the Capitol building. “Women for the 2nd Amendment” spokeswoman Nicole Katz said: “Women support the 2nd amendment. It is of equal value to women if not more so than to men. Gun ownership is a great equalizer for women… We are the fastest growing demographic of new gun owners in America.”

Thursday afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office released a transcript of his comments in response to the demonstration.

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