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SAFE Act Protest Planned for Saturday

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - There's a chance you may hear a protest tomorrow, especially if you live by a shooting range.

Opponents of New York's SAFE Act are looking to make some noise to get the attention of lawmakers with what they're calling "The Shot Heard 'Round New York."

"At noon, they're asking everyone who is opposed to this SAFE Act to fire one shot in a safe and legal manner" said Stephen Aldstadt, President of the Shooters Committee on Political Education. "They are doing it at numerous gun clubs and private ranges all across New York State, and the idea is that everybody will fire a shot at noon."

Aldstadt said that the protest is just another way of trying to get out their message that they believe New York's gun control law is unconstitutional.

Last month, a Federal Judge in Buffalo upheld most of the SAFE Act. In his ruling, Judge William Skretny said "This court finds that the challenged provisions of the SAFE Act - including the Act's definition and regulation of assault weapons and its ban on large-capacity magazines - further the state's important interest in public safety, and do not impermissibly infringe on Plantiff's Second Amendment rights. But, the seven-round limit fails the relevant test because the purported link between the ban and the State's interest is tenuous, strained, and unsupported in the record."

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Locations : BuffaloNew York
People : Stephen AldstadtWilliam Skretny
01/10/2014 1:06PM
SAFE Act Protest Planned for Saturday
Are you planning on participating in the protest?
01/10/2014 2:03PM
safe act protest
yes and I'll fire more than one
01/10/2014 3:41PM
I plan on showing up to support, rather than oppose, the SAFE Act.
01/10/2014 3:59PM
That's it....YES!
01/11/2014 1:01PM
A powerful message
The South towns sounded like the second act of a civil war. Very powerful protest in the end.
01/12/2014 1:47PM
Get over it
MOST people in this state---or nation for that matter, don't own or care about guns. The gun nuts really need to take a pill and chill out. This is nothing but an ongoing orgy for the most paranoid. Don't encourage them.
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