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February 12, 2013

Merchant: Big local crowd for Albany gun rally

Gun enthusiasts plan to rally in Albany today against the New York state’s recently passed NY SAFE Act, with at least three busloads of firearms supporters leaving from Oneonta, according to a gun-shop owner who is organizing the bus trip.

“Right now, you’re looking at 160-some people,” Jim Losie of Losie’s Gun Shop said Monday.

The protesters oppose the NY SAFE Act, which was signed into law last month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the aftermath of a massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, in which a heavily armed and reportedly mentally disturbed man killed 20 children and six adults in less than a half-hour.

The law, among many provisions, prohibits the possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and bars loading more than seven rounds into them. It also expands the number of weapons defined as assault guns and strengthens penalties for violations.

Many gun owners say they are furious about the law’s provisions, and are already planning another Albany rally for Feb. 28.

“Why do we have to give up our guns that we enjoy?” Losie asked, referring to the AR-15, the semiautomatic civilian version of the M-16 military rifle that has been added to the list of banned weapons.

“People say, ‘Oh, well you don’t hunt with ‘em,’” Losie said Monday. “We do hunt with ‘em.”

That wasn’t his only complaint about the law.

“It’s everything,” he said. “The whole thing comes down to is that they’re scared to death of the American people, and that’s why they want to get rid of your guns. That’s all it boils down to, just follow the dots. Anybody with any logic can see it.

“I’ve never hurt a single soul with any of my guns, and I’ve got lots of ‘em. There’s 315 million people in the United States, and you’ve had two episodes with a firearm that have done damage in the last two years, and now they want to take our guns away from us.

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