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'Guns Across America' rally to be held at state capital Saturday

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- One of the big issues facing all lawmakers in 2013 is gun control, and Saturday many of those who oppose the new gun control laws in New York will be rallying at the capitol for Guns Across America. 

Saturday is being called Gun Appreciation Day across the nation, and there will be rallying from L.A.to Washington.

Thousands are expected to descend on the Capital Saturday afternoon for the Capital Regions rally.  

Organizer J.J. Johnson-Smith says she's already heard from hundreds of gun owners across the state who will be there.  

"I knew there were a lot of people out there, but thank god there are pro constitution and true patriots. This has been amazing in all the years I've been involved in political issues I've never seen a response like this," said Smith.

Smith says she's expecting more than 3,000 people to assemble at the West side of the capital near Swan Street.  She says some protestors will be carrying concealed weapons to show their support for their second amendment right.

"No long guns, we are not encouraging anyone to bring long guns," Smith advised.

Smith wants people to know if they're planning on bringing a concealed weapon, you can have one as long as you are on city sidewalks.  As soon as you step onto state property you cannot have a concealed weapon.  

"We are not anticipating any problems at all," said Steve Smith with the Albany Police Department.

Steve Smith says there may not be an increased patrol presence but officers will be there in case they are needed.

"As with any protest or demonstration around the capital we respect people's right to protest," said Joseph A. D'Amico with the State police.

Albany police say they will close down South Swan Street between State Street and Washington Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic Saturday, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Northbound South Swan Street traffic will be diverted onto State Street eastbound to Eagle Street.

"With the number that are coming, we are going to need the parks sidewalks," said organizers of the rally.

Check out the Guns Across America Facebook page for additional details.



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