Saturday was exactly six months to the day since New York passed strict gun control laws known as the NY SAFE act, and in Lowville ralliers were still protesting the controversial legislation.
There were more open seats than planned in the grandstands, but hundreds of people did file in at the Lewis County Fairgrounds to listen to, among others, military veterans.
"I'm speaking for myself and other veterans that, we fought, lost friends over there, and now we come back and we're told we can't carry certain weapons or have ammunition? I think it's crap," said veteran Rob Hughes, who was at the rally.
Republican assemblyman Marc Butler, 188th district, made the trek to Lowville.
"The whole way this was done is wrong, it's not a democratic process, there should have been public hearings," said Butler.
Rallies like this have become common since the SAFE Act passed in January, and people at the rally said that's the point: six months later, they're not going away.
"They thought we were going to be upset for a week, a month; tell you what, we're not going to stop till this is overturned," said Patrick Morse of North Country Friends of the Second Amendment.
Despite the loud voices and angry audience, a repeal isn't likely, but a legal battle may eventually help alter the act.
"We're very hopeful that the court process will be positive and that this bill will be overturned in the courts," said Butler. More rallies and chances to sign up are scheduled throughout the state this summer. The question now: Will crowds there be smaller than planned if the battles over the SAFE Act drag on? *Due to a director error, Patrick Morse is incorrectly labeled as Marc Butler in the video.
Friday, March 7, 2014, Watertown, NY