Updated: 04/01/2014 5:20 PM
Created: 04/01/2014 3:16 AM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri
The SAFE Act has been controversial since the very beginning. Thousands of New Yorkers who are opposed to the law made their way to the state capital to protest Tuesday. A separate group who supports the law was also there and wanted their voices heard.
Thousands of people came to Albany Tuesday from all over the state. They are sending a message to lawmakers that the SAFE Act has got to go.
At times, the rally felt more like a rock concert than a rally. Even Donald Trump was in Albany to show his opposition to the SAFE Act.
Amanda Ciavarri asked, “Do you think rallies like this make a different to lawmakers in Albany?”
Donald Trump said, “Yes, I do because they are right there and know we are here.”
While the group of thousands gathered with their signs, another group had signs of their own, supporting the SAFE Act. One mother spoke about why the law is important. She says it is about protecting children. Her son was shot and killed in 2010.
Oksana Naumkin said, “His friend got out his father’s loaded gun, started showing it to Nicholas and then shot him in the head. I am begging you as a mother, as human, to do the right thing.”
Supporters say the SAFE Act reduced gun violence in the state by four percent this year, but these protesters say it violates their constitutional rights.