Updated 02/28/2013 07:51 PM
Opponents To Cuomo’s Gun Control Legislation Descend On Albany
Gun rights advocates raised their voices against the state's new gun laws during a rally in Albany Thursday. Nick Reisman followed the following report for NY1.
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The third rally to be held in Albany since Governor Andrew Cuomo's sweeping gun control legislation passed more than a month ago took place Thursday.
Opponents said they're pushing for a full repeal of a law that's become a flash point for gun rights advocates across the country.
"I think New York has become the poster child for how not to adopt legislation," said NRA President David Keene. "As we know, the governor designed this in the dark of night, rammed it through the Legislature, and then everybody said, 'Oh my God, what have we passed?'"
Overturning the law in the Legislature is highly unlikely due in part to the large Democratic majority in the Assembly.
Republican lawmakers said they're hoping the courts will overturn the measure.
"It's an uphill battle," said State Senator James Seward of Milford. "It was 43 to 18 in the state Senate. It's going to be tough to turn enough votes to go repeal it, and I wouldn't expect the governor to sign such a repeal bill."
Some state lawmakers and Governor Cuomo have said that chapter amendments or changes to the law will make technical corrections to the measure, but those are yet to materialize.
"I want to make sure, and I certainly won't support any wholesale amendments to this bill to change the intent, but there probably are some technical amendments that I could support," said State Senator Jeff Klein, the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference.
Cuomo was not at the Capitol for the gun rally, which New York State Police estimated drew more than 5,000 people, though organizers said at least 10,000 people came to the event.
In New York City, Cuomo acknowledged that gun control remains a passionate issue.
"It's politically controversial," he said. "About 70 percent of the people in this state support gun control. Thirty percent don't, and 30 percent feel very strongly about it. So that's the nature of the issue."
Gun rights advocates hope a court challenge filed last month by the New York Rifle and Pistol Association is their best chance of turning back the gun control law.