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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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plewdawg April 02 2014 at 7:31 AM

These progressive elitists are TELLING conservatives to leave and they are as well as uber rich liberals. Business is taxed unmercifully and some are told to get out. Well, many are leaving and down the road, where will you get the money to support your further enslavement of the poor? Oh, BTW: Clintons, Cuomos, BeBlasios and Bloombergs have mansions outside NYC and ver close to each other. There are acres of vacant land and developers want to build affordable housing for the poor here. Guess what?....Survey says.......NNNNNNNGH!

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Hey Emily April 02 2014 at 8:18 AM

Go Donald!

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jwm347 April 02 2014 at 8:20 AM

I give up on NY. it's a cesspool and deserves what it gets when you elect the liberal cr@p in office

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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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Randy Stalsby April 02 2014 at 8:20 AM

I support Donald Trump fully in his support of the 2nd amedment, as the previous Govenor did not comply with the United States of America Bill of Rights. I do fully support criminals not being permitted to purchase guns but as well fully spport law abiding citizens being permitted to purchase guns for the purposes of sport hunting and self preservation of themselves and loved ones

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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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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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koochmn April 02 2014 at 8:23 AM

I bet non NYC residents are not for the new laws,,, there is alot of "rural" NY state, who are second amendment believers.
Note---the Russians took over part of Ukraine, and the first thing they did was... confiscate the peoples guns...this could be the first step in NY to do that... think about that.
Don't let this happen to you New Yorkers... there is more to NY than NYC... stand up for yourselves.

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SANDMAN April 02 2014 at 7:55 AM

Trump is smeared by the diehard DEMOCRATs because he says that Obama FORGED his birth certificate (& SSN) - this is making the DEMs real mad but the truth is the truth-even if it goes against party loyalty-

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rmg21943 SANDMAN April 02 2014 at 8:08 AM

Still with the birth certificate meme, loser?

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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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