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Albany gun show draws big crowds

Posted at: 01/26/2013 7:45 PM
Updated at: 01/27/2013 10:52 AM
By: Dan Bazile

ALBANY - Gun enthusiasts packed the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany for the annual gun show.

Organizers say it's a bigger crowd than they expected, and that it's because of the recent gun control law in New York State.

Doug Roberts, one of the organizers says, "This interest in Washington and certainly in Albany, has awakened a lot of people. Now they're thinking let's buy that new shotgun before something else changes."

Some of the changes this year happened at the State level when Governor Andrew Cuomo signed what's being called one of the toughest gun control legislations in the nation. Among other things, The Safe Act bans high capacity magazines and assault weapons.

Roberts says you won't find those types of weapons at the show. He says they've been ahead of the curve anyway. "When Tom Whalen was the mayor. He passed an ordinance that no assault weapons could be in Albany, NY. We've played right by the book. We have not let assault weapons in here since poor Tom was here," says Roberts.

More gun law changes are on the way from the Federal Government. It's a topic that gets quite a bit attention at gun shows like this across the country.

"Little by little, they're (the Government) chipping away at our rights, and it's sad. We just have to stand up and be counted," says Roberts.

The gun show continues on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.