State Gun Law Draws Protests In North, Albany
Governor Cuomo's strict new gun law drew a wave of protests Saturday.
An estimated 2,000 people rallied outside the state capitol in Albany. Protestors carried signs reading "Don't tread on me" and "Impeach Cuomo."
The Albany protest was part of a larger, nationwide effort by gun rights advocates to rally supporters at state capitols.
In Watertown, protestors gathered on Public Square.
"They're making all these strict gun laws, and I believe it's our right to exercise our 2nd Amendment and bear arms," said Troy Walts, one of the protestors.
Saturday's protests came as the Cuomo administration made a bid to better explain the gun law passed Monday and Tuesday by the state legislature. The law has been criticized for leaving too many details unclear and too many questions about what is, and is not, legal.
The administration announced Friday that it has established a web site, nysafeact.com, and will have a hotline for questions set up by Monday at 1-855-LAW-GUNS.
Officials continued to insist the gun control law will not affect most guns or gun owners.
"Most guns are not affected by the new laws," said Joseph D'Amico, superintendent of the New York State Police.
"Most guns used for hunting and sporting are not assault weapons and they're not affected, most handguns possessed by people are not assault weapons and are also not affected by the laws."
New York's law, enacted with little public debate, expanded the state's assault-weapon ban and instituted background checks for buying ammunition. It passed with broad support in the legislature, but some lawmakers who opposed it vowed at Saturday's rally in Albany that they would keep fighting.
- reported by 7 News & The Associated Press
Friday, October 21, 2016, Watertown, NY
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