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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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jaquithn April 02 2014 at 7:45 AM

It is my belief that in New York State it was our state government that created the problem by shutting down all the mental institutions in the state and turned these people back out in the public. If you look at Switzerland with deaths by GUNS at ZERO, due to the fact that the Government mandates everyone to own a gun and take a target test each year. Here in the USA the areas with the largest gun control laws have the most amount of gun crimes (why do think that is?) If I was a bad guy with a gun sure would think twice knowing I was going up against someone that also had a gun. As someone else stated, this is the reason the USA has never been invaded (Wis, Pa, WV had the largest armed forces in the world per hunting licences only). If you don't want to own a gun that is OK, but don't place your will (or laws) on the people that do!

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theyardguy07 jaquithn April 02 2014 at 8:11 AM

please don't try to confusethe liberals with logic

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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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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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vtmilitia April 02 2014 at 5:48 PM

It's a battle of down state urbanites who don't hunt, target shoot or have the ease of getting permits for guns, think New York City vs. upstate rural folk where deer season is almost a holiday. Yea, the numbers are there for the polling but where do the gun owners live?

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Hey Emily April 02 2014 at 8:18 AM

Go Donald!

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sports April 02 2014 at 8:12 AM

??????I am confused,I live in FL.Im watching the N.Y. news this morning and in the first five min. I heard about three shootings, It seems if you a criminal you get a gun,if you have a clean record you get shot.

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tortugatommie April 02 2014 at 6:28 PM

If they do come to take your guns it would be patriotic to give
them the ammunition first.

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Randy tortugatommie April 02 2014 at 7:51 PM

Thru the BARREL!!

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Jim April 02 2014 at 8:16 AM

I'm with Trump on this one!

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csmcline April 02 2014 at 9:17 AM

When are they going to stop…. my guns my right as a law abiding citizen and people like the mayor and all his state yes men and lap boys need to be voted out and place someone there who will work on the real problems and not limit the law abiding Joe's of the state.

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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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