ALBANY, N.Y. -- Two rallies attracted crowds at the state Capitol, with one for and one against the controversial SAFE Act.
Thousands of protesters from all across New York gathered on the steps of the Empire State Plaza to express their continued opposition to the SAFE Act. It's been more than a year since Governor Cuomo signed that bill into law, saying that tougher gun control measures were needed to keep New Yorkers safe.
Gun rights activists have said in the past, and continued to argue on Tuesday, that it's an infringement of their second amendment right to bear arms and are calling for its full repeal.
"It takes my constitutional, god given civil rights away and they can't do that there. They think they can but they can't," said protestor Bill Fox.
Businessman and billionaire Donald trump joined their fight, headlining the rally.
"You have the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, you have that right, and they want to take it away and they are taking it away. Slowly, but surely they're taking it away and they're not taking it away from the bad guys, because you know the bad guys are going to have the guns. They're not going to register and they're not going to do anything. And they're walk in and they'll have the gun and they'll be having the gun pointed right at you and you're going to say can we talk," said Trump.
The organization called SCOPE, which stands for Shooters Committee on Political Education, wants the act, with its stricter gun control measures, repealed.
Happening at almost the same time, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, and State Legislators Against Illegal Guns gathered at the Empire State Plaza, calling for additional legislative action to reduce gun violence.
People in charge of both organizations say they'll use their legislative priorities to try to prevent gun violence for the rest of the 2014 legislative session.
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