Paladino leads Albany rally against gun control, 'Moms' voice support

Feb 12, 2013

Hundreds attended a rally outside the state Capitol Tuesday in opposition to the state's new gun laws. Buffalo developer and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino led the crowd in chants criticizing Governor Cuomo for pushing the law through.

"We're standing here in the belly of the beast, and they're hearing us. They're hearing us here and they're hearing us in Buffalo and Binghamton and Rochester. They're hearing us. For the first time in years and years, the people are speaking out," Paladino told the crowd.

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Paladino, who was defeated by Cuomo in 2010, says the new gun laws infringe on the Second Amendment. He says if the government can infringe on that amendment, they can also infringe on others. He also blamed Senate Republicans for agreeing with the law.

"They forgot where they came from, they forgot who put them in office," Paladino said.

Meanwhile, inside the Capitol, Robyn Ringler and members of 'One Million Moms for Gun Control' praised Cuomo and lawmakers for their leadership on gun control.

"Andrew Cuomo has given us hope.  The New York Legislature has acted with courage.  We need to support them to the end," she said.

Cuomo, who is not in Albany, maintains new limits on magazine size and a ban on military-style semiautomatic weapons are common sense measures that will help to reduce gun violence.