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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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Hey Emily April 02 2014 at 8:18 AM

Go Donald!

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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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Dave Miller April 02 2014 at 7:46 AM

Pass all the laws and take away all the gun rights you want, and then seize or confiscate all the guns from law-abiding citizens who own guns, and the criminals will still have guns and the law-abiding citizens will be unprotected even more. That's simply a fact. Those who are law-breakers and criminals couldn't care less about gun laws. What's so hard to understand about that. Those who advocate for more and stricter gun laws are simply doing so because it makes them feel good, like they're doing something. Well, they are. They're making law-abiding citizens more vulnerable.

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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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rtgarton April 02 2014 at 9:26 AM

Gun control in NY is one of the strictest. In SC one of the easiest. By the time it takes you to eat a bowl of grits you can have all your paperwork done and out the door.

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jgesselberty April 02 2014 at 8:02 AM

Does it bother anyone that the same people that say, don't judge all Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, who are terrorists, then turn around and judge all gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.

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koochmn jgesselberty April 02 2014 at 8:28 AM

Best reply Ive heard, best comment yet.

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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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almazstmp April 02 2014 at 9:22 AM

We didn't turn out to cheer Trump. We came out to stand up for Liberty and U.S. Constitution. Trump was one of the speakers who came to us. There were many others.

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imhhc April 02 2014 at 11:21 AM

Jersey already had the one hand gun per month. It also takes us about 3 months to get a permit to buy one.

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John Wm Fischer April 02 2014 at 1:48 PM

I am a Pro Gun Advocate. However, People need to always remember the RESPONSIBILITY and RESPECT for human life that attaches itself to the Gun and its Owner.

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