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Protestors demand reversal of SAFE Act

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Hundreds gathered Tuesday afternoon in Albany's Capitol Park to "turn the city upside down," urging lawmakers to repeal the Governor's SAFE Act.

The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, along with many other pro-gun and pro-freedom groups, will be in attendance demanding a reversal of the New York SAFE Act which they feel does not make the communities safer, rather it infringes upon people's Second Amendment rights.

The SAFE Act, which reclassifies the assault weapons ban and strengthens regulations on ammunition, took effect in January.

Some law enforcement officials were also represented at the rally, including one retired Captain of the Rochester Police Department who says there is a common misconception police favor gun control.

"The SAFE Act was a mistake from the beginning," said Paul Chechak, retired Rochester Police Officer. "It needs to be repealed. They need to get input from law enforcement. They need to get input from civil rights organizations and citizens before they pass legislation that is this sweeping and this severe."

The New York Sheriff's Association has filed a federal lawsuit, raising concerns with the state gun law. Others opposed to the NY SAFE Act say it was rushed through and will make law abiding citizens criminals.

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