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Donald Trump rallies against Cuomo, New York gun control

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Thousands of gun rights supporters rallied outside New York's Capitol Tuesday to call for the repeal of gun control measures championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which they intend to use as a rallying cry in the fall elections.

Supporters of New York's gun control measures - among the most restrictive in the U.S. - held a smaller event inside the Statehouse to announce several new bills, including one that would prohibit anyone from buying more than one gun a month.

Speakers at the larger rally on Empire State Plaza, including celebrity businessman Donald Trump and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, said the law prohibiting the sale of some popular guns like the AR-15 goes too far and should be scrapped.

"He took away your rights - you take away his job," said Astorino, the Westchester County executive, urging those present to channel their opposition into political action.

Trump announced last month that he wouldn't challenge Cuomo - but it didn't stop cheers from some attendees who hoisted "Trump for Governor" signs.

"I'm a big Second Amendment person," Trump said, noting that he has a pistol permit. "You have the constitutional right to bear arms."

Similar efforts have been mounted in other states that adopted tougher gun rules following the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Last year, two Democratic Colorado state senators were recalled over their support for more restrictive gun laws.

"You cannot blame Cuomo when you have two legislative houses that allowed it to get to him," said Royal Kraeger, a Vietnam veteran and a gun owner from Boonville, N.Y., who attended Tuesday's rally. "We have to get people out to vote. We have to get a lot of legislators out (of the Legislature) as well."

But state leaders may not need to worry. New York voters support the law by a 2-to-1 margin, according to a poll released last month by Siena College.

The law bans the sale of some semi-automatic firearms and requires those who already own one to register them by April 15. It also bans high-capacity magazines, requires federal background checks on private gun sales and imposes felony penalties for illegal gun possession.

Hours before Tuesday's rally, Cuomo told reporters that the debate over gun control always stirs emotions.

"This issue has driven strong feelings on both sides for decades," he said.

The new gun control proposals announced Tuesday include requiring gun owners to use gun safes or trigger locks when storing a gun, a 10-day waiting period before a buyer can take possession of a gun, and a rule that would prohibit anyone from buying more than one handgun a month.

"We are far from done," said Alex Dubroff, the leader of the upstate chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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DocnChaos April 01 2014 at 7:16 PM

"All that is required for Tyranny to prevail is for good men to do nothing"

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zetron4200 April 02 2014 at 2:15 AM

He is another one, that the Commies Attack! When they hear that he wants to run for politics.

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jjemder April 02 2014 at 6:17 AM

The Safe Act does nothing to address gang violence or the mentally unstable; the two sources of the vast majority of gun violence.

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cbcmkting April 02 2014 at 7:27 AM

I dont like Trump how ever I dislike more the erosion of our freedoms! As far as gun control kooks are concerned, those who obtain them legally and then use them in a criminal activity is so small compared to those that are obtained very easily on the street to then kill and murder rob etc.

Plus assume all legal guns were taken away, crimonals would have free reign to commit crimes with citizens having no way to protect themselves...

What solutions would the anti gun kooks offer then? Marchal law?

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DocnChaos April 01 2014 at 7:17 PM

"All that is required for Tyranny to prevail is for good men to do nothing"

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gg77bay April 02 2014 at 2:03 AM

Gun CONTROL ..listen guns have been around for thousands of years..why take the guns away now? Oh, does people leading America ever make any sense??????

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Richard gg77bay April 02 2014 at 2:58 AM

hundreds yes, Thousands No

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tom gg77bay April 02 2014 at 3:41 AM

I know that folks want their guns, but background checks does not hurt 2nd Amendment rights! The Manchin piece of legislation protects 2nd Amendment rights.

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elnpet April 02 2014 at 7:20 AM

We all have the right to bear arms, unless you have a criminal record. In this day and age of so much violence we have the right to protect our selves from thugs a nd thieves. Period.

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Phil April 01 2014 at 8:39 PM

WHy are all my likes /dislikes just the opposite of what I voted for?

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Anne Phil April 01 2014 at 8:43 PM

I've had the same thing happen often. Makes you wonder. just sayin.

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Liza Anne April 01 2014 at 8:54 PM

one more time: it is math. When you or someone else votes thumbs UP, someone else here may just have voted thumbs DOWN - so it keeps on changing, to accomodate who is voting which way. Often there is 0, meaning up and down have cancelled each other out.

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vtmilitia Phil April 01 2014 at 9:02 PM


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blivethopper April 01 2014 at 8:40 PM

Less than 100 people STATEWIDE have registered their "Assault Weapons." Cuomo's gun law is being ignored in what is the biggest demostration od Civil Disobedience since the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s.

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sabres8ter April 02 2014 at 12:15 AM

Here's an idea - pass law(s) that make it harder for criminals to get guns and make the punishment fit the crime when they get caught instead of taking them away from people who haven't committed a crime. Every time a gun related crime hits the news both sides want more guns or no guns, how about using common sense and doing something that will help solve the problem?

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