As the crowd began filed toward the Capitol to meet with legislators, emcee Melody Burns repeated what was the main theme of Albany’s latest pro-gun rally: “Do not comply!”
She was asking rally-goers, of course, not to comply with the state’s January gun laws, which included a stricter limit on the number of rounds in a magazine and a requirement that previously owned assault weapons be registered with the state.
Compliance with the law has been a hot topic since the controversial measure was passed, and was at the center of the rally on the Capitol steps Tuesday. It was at least the fourth significant rally at the Capitol since January.
“I just want to tell you all thank you, don’t give up, keep using your voice,” said Michael Carpinelli, the Lewis County sheriff and a vocal critic of the gun laws. “I am not about to enforce this act.”
New York sheriffs were a frequent topic at the gathering of a few hundred, particularly after the Times Union of Albany reported Gov. Andrew Cuomo—in a private meeting—asked them to quiet their criticism of the law and worry about enforcing it.
Assemblyman Steve Katz, R-Yorktown, rallied the crowd to resist the disclosure of public pistol permit records. The January gun laws included a provision allowing permit holders to opt out from having their information disclosed publicly, though those who don’t opt out are still subject to disclosure.
Katz criticized The Journal News for again requesting the public records from the Putnam County clerk’s office. The response from clerk Dennis Sant, Katz told the crowd, was “N-F-W.”
“We have to protect every county clerk that is going to say, ‘No effing way,” Katz said to cheers.