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NY SAFE Act, almost a year later and still creating sparks

Updated: 10/06/2013 9:26 AM
Created: 10/06/2013 8:11 AM WNYT.com
By: News Staff

Almost a year since Governor Cuomo signed New York's tougher gun control law, more than a hundred bikers rallied Saturday on the west lawn of the State Capitol, calling for the repeal of the New York SAFE Act.

It bans certain military-style assault rifles, limits the number of rounds in a magazine, and requires universal background checks. The bikers call it a violation of their 2nd Amendment rights, while others defend the law.

"The United States Constitution, the 2nd Amendment, gives Americans the rights to own firearms to protect themselves. Cuomo and other anti-gun people are trying to limit those rights, take them away from us, and limit what we can do and what we can't do in our homes," says Robert Bar Porter, member of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education.

Pam Dudoff, charter leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, says she hopes people can see what the safe act has accomplished, rather than focusing on just a small portion of the law.   

"There are at least 15 provisions that are not controversial and are very important and have made New Yorkers safer," she says.

A Cuomo spokesman declined to comment on today's event, saying the bikers are entitled to exercise their right to free speech.

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