A rally to repeal the SAFE Act was held today at the State University of New York at Albany where GOP Assemblymen Steven Katz and Steven McLaughlin spoke against the law.
The rally was sponsored by Young Americans for Liberty, a SUNY Albany student group, to kick-off their “Second Amendment Week” at the college, Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl reports.
The rally was held to protest the so-called State Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, a controversial law in January that imposed stricter gun control in the state. About 25 people were there.
“I was personally very angry about it when the bill was passed, so we wanted to get a bunch of conservative and libertarian groups together to protest the SAFE act together,” said Skyler DeAngelo, SUNY President of the Young Americans for Liberty.
Katz, R-Yorktown, Westchester County, knocked Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the law’s passage and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, who has been embroiled in controversy. Katz showed up about two hours late to the morning event.
“We cannot let this level of corruption destroy our state any longer. It’s time to repeal the SAFE Act, it’s time to get rid of Governor Cuomo, and for sure it’s time to get rid of Sheldon Silver,” said Katz, who was charged earlier this year with speeding and marijuana possession.
He said Cuomo hasn’t succeeded at anything.
Other speakers included Tom King, the head of state Rifle and Pistol Association, and many student activists.
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, R-Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, was the keynote speaker at the rally. He had harsh words for the Democrats, calling President Obama a “man-child” and blamed the Democrats for the government shutdown, before focusing on the SAFE Act.
McLaughlin is considering a run for governor against Cuomo next year.
“[The SAFE Act is] the worst piece of legislation I’ve ever laid eyes on and after three years in that chamber, that’s saying something,” McLaughlin said. “Especially in upstate, people value their Second Amendment rights and that is why you are seeing this big push back all across upstate New York.”