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One Million Moms for Gun Control to rally at Capitol building

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ALBANY, N.Y. – New York moms traveled to the Capitol building Tuesday to rally in support of the NY SAFE Act.

One Million Moms for Gun Control is a grassroots organization formed in the days following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Nearly a hundred strong, signs in hand, they gathered on the million dollar staircase in the Capitol to show their support.

"We will do whatever it takes to make it different this time,' said Pam Dudoff of the regional chapter.

"I also stand before you as somebody who's been the victim of gun violence. In my case, I was robbed at gunpoint, a number of years ago, a half block from the Capitol," said Fahy.

While Fahy says she's fielded several calls from constituents who are opposed, she told the crowd the new gun control legislation will save lives.

"The process in passing this bill was not perfect but it was the right thing to do," said Fahy.

Speakers took turns at the microphone admitting the fight for tougher gun control laws has been going on for decades, but momentum, they say, has been building.

"If it prevents one more person from being robbed, if it prevents additional violence in our schools and in our communities and in our neighborhoods; if it prevents one more person from being robbed --It was worth it," said Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy (D-Albany).

The organization is calling on Congress to:

  • Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds
  • Require background checks for all gun purchases
  • Report the sale of large quantities of ammunition to the ATF
  • Limit the scope of concealed weapons laws at the state level

Governor Cuomo signed the New York SAFE Act into legislation last month, making it the first gun control legislation to be passed since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

But the day may not be without conflict, a second "Gun Rights" rally is planned at the Capitol building from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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