Fracking critics won’t be alone in protesting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address on Wednesday.
A collection of gun-rights groups, led by the NY2A Grassroots Coalition, will also protest outside of Cuomo’s speech, which will be held Wednesday afternoon inside the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.
It’s not the first Cuomo event that has attracted both anti-fracking and pro-gun protesters, as the separate groups have become the two most active in trailing Cuomo across the state. In November, about 200 protesters were outside of Cuomo’s fundraiser in Buffalo.
The State of the State holds significance to gun-rights groups, since Cuomo last year used it to make his most passionate plea in favor of his gun-control proposals that were signed into law days later.
“The SAFE Act directly impacts rights to self-defense, property, due process and equal protection,” NY2A spokesman Jake Palmateer said in a statement. “It discriminates against the physically disabled, seniors and those of smaller stature, including many women. And it infringes the rights of future generations of New York residents.”
Last year, at least 1,000 anti-fracking protesters lined the halls of the Empire State Plaza concourse, calling on Cuomo to take a stand against shale-gas drilling.