Feedback: Gun Law Opponents Rally In Albany


Angry gun owners from the north country boarded a bus in Watertown Thursday morning to add their voices a rally in Albany.

"When they said there was a bus going down, I said, 'I'll take the bus down.' Otherwise, I would've drove down and taken a bunch of people with me," said Mike Doney as he got on the bus.

When they reached Albany, they joined a throng of thousands in delivering a message to the politicians who passed New York's new gun laws without much chance for any debate.

"I'm standing up for the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms," said Jim Skeldon of Watertown.

The president of the National Rifle Association was there.

He said Governor Cuomo and other lawmakers missed the mark with the gun control measure.

"The semi-automatic rifle that most of these folks don't like is owned by four and a half million americans," said NRA President David Keene.

The crowd was very large and very enthusiastic, but will this rally make any difference?

There is a movement to repeal the law, but no one expects it to pass.

But the pro-gun support could play out a different way.

"I think that come around next election time, there's gonna be some changes in the politicians," said Joe Pistolesi of Gouverneur.

"We're just trying to show most of the politicians that there is a large number of people in this state who are outraged over what they did," said Bart Bonner of Watertown.

Governor Cuomo says gun control is controversial, but the law he pushed through has broad support, and he believes it will save lives.

Asked about today's rally, Cuomo pointed out he is a gun owner, but said the change in the law was long overdue.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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