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Rally held in support of legislation repealing SAFE Act


ALBANY, N.Y. - More than 400,000 postcards lobbying for the repeal of the New York SAFE Act will be delivered in Albany on Tuesday.

This is part of a rally in which more than 200 gun owners and activists are gathering at East Capitol Park to voice their opposition to the SAFE Act.

It has been about four months since Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the gun control legislation into law - the toughest of its kind in the country - and protesters say it is not right. They argue the ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines doesn't make the state safer, instead they say it infringes on their Second Amendment rights and are calling for a full repeal.

"There is no evidence that gun control has ever made us safer. Look at Washington, D.C., they have lots of gun control. Look at New York City -- lots of gun control. L.A., Detroit, they are all the worst places for gun violence yet they have the most gun control of any other places in the country," said former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack who headlined the event.  "Just because you call it the SAFE Act doesn't mean it's going to make us safer."

"The law restricts the activities of law abiding citizens and it doesn't do anything to effect the behavior of would be criminals," said Lisa Donovan.

Many like Margie Chamberlain, a v veteran who traveled several hours to participate.

Chamberlain "It's taking away how right to protect ourselves. There's no way police can arrive in any kind of timely manner, especially those of us that live out in the country," said Chamberlain.

From the park protesters made their way into the Assembly where they were introduced by Assemblyman Steve Katz who has put forward a bill that would repeal the SAFE Act. The Assembly bill will be presented to state legislators at the Capitol on Tuesday.

The rally was held only a few weeks after the New York Sheriffs Association met with the governor privately to discuss its own ongoing concerns.

Peter Kehoe, the executive director of the sheriffs association was at that meeting with the governor. He declined to offer specifics, but last week his group filed a brief supporting a federal challenge to the SAFE Act.

"When it says you can't have these kinds of assault weapons, they eliminate all kinds of weapons that are commonly used by honest, law abiding citizens," said Kehoe. "We wish he would listen to our argument a little more and we wish the law will be changed. If not by the legislature, than by the governor's office and then by the courts."

NEWS CENTER reached out to the governor's office and they declined to comment.

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