Thousands rally against NY SAFE Act

Apr 1, 2014

Thousands of gun rights supporters rallied at the state Capitol Tuesday against gun control measures championed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Donald Trump addresses gun rally.
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Celebrity businessman Donald Trump and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino both addressed the event at Empire State Plaza. The rally was in support of repealing a 2013 law that prohibited the sale of some popular guns like the AR-15.  

Trump, who said last month that he would not challenge Cuomo, says the law demonstrates the erosion of Second Amendment rights. Astorino, the Westchester County executive, says that if elected he'd work to rescind the law.

Cuomo and gun control advocates pushed the legislation following the 2012 Newtown, Conn., school massacre. When asked about Tuesday's rally the Democratic governor said gun control stirs strong feelings on both sides.