Dozens rally in Rochester for second amendment rights

Posted at: 01/26/2013 7:17 PM
Updated at: 01/26/2013 11:29 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

The battle for the right to keep and bear arms continues as dozens rally downtown to fight for their rights.

Rochester area gun owners filled the Rundel Library theater Saturday afternoon to discuss their rights under the U.S. Constitution.

This meeting is one of many taking place across the state since Governor Cuomo signed the gun control legislation last week.

Dozens of gun owners at the rally say they feel violated by the new gun law.

There's no doubt gun control is being talked about all over the nation. Since the very first  new gun law was passed here in New York, many second amendment supporters in the state are taking this very personally.

They vow to continue to rally for as long as it takes.

Organizers of Saturday's event say this meeting is a stepping stone for several events to come.

They believe the second amendment is the key to preserve all of the other amendments and without it they believe other rights will also be violated within time.

The gathering involved plans for primary runoffs for people who don't support the second amendment and also asking for help from several local organizations.

The group even set up a phone tree, which will help them all stay in touch and informed for future events.

The group plans to head to the state capital again on February 8, where they will join thousands of protesters all over the nation to rally for their second amendment rights. It's expected to be similar to the rally held last week in Albany.

Organizers say they didn't know what to expect on Saturday, but they were happy with the turn out.

“This law was rushed through in the middle of the night without any public input or any public hearings. I went to bed last week and I woke up a felon, which totally amazed me. It takes a while to get things moving, but believe me the ball is moving,” said Jeddy Tranquill, who attended the rally.

Governor Cuomo is still standing strong on this new law.

"Learning from our mistakes, learning the hard way in this case, learning from Connecticut, learning from Webster, learning from decades of tragedies, we are employing common sense and sensibility and reasonableness and making changes and fighting back and protecting ourselves, which is what we are doing intelligently, prudently, reasonably, but also forcefully. This law is going to make this state a safer state and I honor all those who passed it," Governor Cuomo said last week.

On Saturday News10NBC tried to visit several gun shows throughout the area and speak with gun owners and gun show organizers about their feelings when it comes to this new law, but was asked to leave the property.