Posted at: 02/28/2013 3:50 AM
Updated at: 02/28/2013 11:21 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion
The battle for the right to bear arms. Thousands of gun enthusiasts say they're fed up with the state's new gun control law. They took those concerns to the governor. Gun owners and supporters from across the state including hundreds from our area protested outside the state capitol in Albany Thursday.
The new law toughens restrictions on the sale of assault weapons. Ammunition magazines are restricted to seven bullets, down from ten and current owners of higher-capacity magazines will have a year to sell them out of state.
Many gun owners are calling this the Unsafe Act. They say they became criminals on January 15, the day Governor Cuomo signed the bill. They want lawmakers to either change the new law or start over with a more reasonable
law that protects their second amendment rights.
Thousands gathered in front of the legislative office building in downtown Albany, demanding law makers repeal the Safe Act. Many carried signs with bold statements. The rally had several speakers including state legislators and NRA President David Keene. The protest lasted through out the afternoon and to say these gun owners are upset is really an understatement.
Eric Fleitscher said, “We want to protect our rights. Not only for us but for our children and for our grandchildren.”
Ken Mathison said, “Men and women gave up their lives for this country, for the freedoms we have and now in this day and age we have people who are trying to take away from us.”
Robert Falkevitz said, “Taking guns away from citizens who have gone through background checks, who have gone through the proper ways and procedures to get your firearms. Those aren't the people who are going out and hurting others.”
This was the biggest rally since the gun law was passed and this will not be the last.