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March 31, 2014

Area gun advocates to rally with Trump

More than 108 people from Oneonta and surrounding areas will travel to Albany on Tuesday to protest against the NY SAFE Act alongside Donald Trump, an organizer said Sunday.

Jim Losie, owner of Losie’s Gun Shop in Oneonta, said two 54-passenger, Albany-bound buses will be packed Tuesday with concerned citizens who will, together, attend the “Stand Up For Your Rights Rally,” where several notable pro-gun advocates will speak. The protesters include individuals from Oneonta, Cobleskill, Binghamton and other surrounding communities, Losie said, and many of these people are planning on driving separately in their own vehicles. The buses will be leaving from Losie’s Gun Shop at 8 a.m.

Individuals will gather from 11:30 a.m. until roughly 2:45 p.m. at West Capitol Park to protest and listen to various speakers, including international businessman Donald Trump and Carl Paladino, a former New York Gubernatorial candidate.

“We want to show that the SAFE Act is ridiculous,” Losie said, “and that, even though Cuomo is claiming that more than 62 percent of New Yorkers are in support of it, we don’t want it.”

Between 15,000 and 25,000 people are expected at the rally, Losie said, and the fact that Trump will be speaking is a big draw for many people.

It’s refreshing and “nice to see” someone of that fame and distinction speaking out against the SAFE Act, Losie said, adding that he wishes Trump would run for governor of New York.

Chuck Pinkey, a retired area businessman, Daily Star conservative columnist and supporter of the Second Amendment, said he is planning on attending the rally and is looking forward to hearing Trump speak. The ultimate goal of the rally is to put a stop to the SAFE Act, Pinkey said, but the chances of that happening are slim, he said. The main focus, then, is to drum up public support against the act and to try and encourage legislators to vote against it, he said.

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