ALBANY, N.Y. – Thousands of concerned Capital Region residents turned out to rally at the state Capitol Saturday.
The rally, called "Guns Across America" is a local platform in notice of Gun Appreciation Day, and rallies are to be held from L.A. to Washington.
Organizer J.J. Johnson-Smith spoke with NEWS10 Friday about the event.
"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 said then that she was expecting more than 3,000 people to assemble at the west side of the Capitol 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.
On Saturday, over 2,000 protestors showed up at the Capitol and conducted the peacefull protest.
"The part in there where you have to physically turn over your AR style riffles, if, let's say I die. I can't leave my riffle to my wife. That's a form of confiscation," said Robert Arrigo, an attendee at the rally.
"We are not anticipating any problems at all," said Steve Smith with the Albany Police Department on Friday.
Some protestors, like Bill Cooper, drove around 150 miles to protest a the SAFE Act.
"I have a right to keep and bare arms. There's nothing in there that says that I have to register or anything I just have that right," said Cooper.
Steve Smith of the Albany Police told NEWS10 Friday that 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 Capitol we respect people's right to protest," said Joseph A. D'Amico with the State police.
TRAFFIC NOTIC: 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.
Check out the Guns Across America: NY Facebook page for additional details.
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