SAFE Act opponents mark one year anniversary with "Shot Heard 'Round New York" protest

Updated: 01/11/2014 8:46 PM
Created: 01/11/2014 11:05 AM WHEC.com
By: Joangel Concepcion

Second Amendment advocates across the state are uniting on the one year anniversary of the New York SAFE Act.

It was touted as a way to make the streets of New York Safer. However, one year since the state legislature passed New York's strictest gun laws to date, some say it is making criminals out of law abiding citizens and question if the New York SAFE Act is making a difference.

On Saturday hundreds of gun advocates across New York took a stand against the law and and sent a strong message to Albany.

It's so hard to believe it's already been a year since Governor Cuomo signed the SAFE Act right here in Rochester and what a year it has been.

There have been several protests about this throughout the state and Saturday gun owners made it very clear they will not stop fighting for their Second Amendment rights.

Opponents of the SAFE Act picked up their shotguns and gathered at multiple locations throughout the state to fire a unison shot in protest of the one-year anniversary.

It's called the “Shot Heard 'Round New York.” One took place at the Ontario Rod and Gun Club. More than 70 shooters fired a single shot to show they are against the legislation.

Dozens of locations took part in this protest, including more than 30 other states, showing their support for New York gun owners.

This is reminiscent of the “Shot Heard 'Round the World,” when during the American Revolution, British soldiers came in the middle of the night to confiscate American's firearms and ammunition.

To many New Yorkers, last year's late night passing of the SAFE Act was the exact same thing, and Saturday they are hoping Albany and Governor Cuomo are listening.

“This is sending a clear, and somewhat noisy message to the legislature, to the administrators of our state that the majority, and I believe I can use that openly, are not pleased with the SAFE Act. There are points of the SAFE Act that I find remarkably prudent and logical. Others, I don't agree with and I think we did send a message and I hope they hear it loud and clear,” said Bill Fuhrmann, NRA member and U.S. Army veteran.

As many of you may know, Amanda Ciavarri has been digging deep into the New York SAFE Act. Stay tuned for our New York State Exposed series on the SAFE Act in just a few weeks.

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