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February 19, 2013

Protesters assault Cuomo's SAFE act at gun rally

LOCKPORT: About 200 attend protest at county courthouse

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — About 200 citizens challenged the bitter chill and the recently passed NY-SAFE Act at a Tuesday evening rally in front of the Niagara County Courthouse.

Most of the protesters were men, but there were some women and children in the crowd. Many carried hand-written signs and were unworried about speaking out against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who pushed the country's most restrictive gun law through the state legislature overnight on Jan. 15-16 in Albany.

Later Tuesday night, the Niagara County Legislature unanimously voted to ask Gov. Andrew Cuomo to repeal the bill. 

Gun rights activists want to repeal the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act and want the governor's political ambitions checked. One protestor suggested Cuomo should be jailed for treason.

Sean Mazur, a native of Houston, Texas, brought 10-year-old Caitlyn to the rally.

"I wanted to show my daughter that one of our rights is to assemble and one of our rights is to bear arms," he said.

Mazur, who now lives in Wilson, owns a handgun, a rifle and has used what Cuomo would classify as assault weapons to hunt elk in Washington State.

"An assault weapon that I carry is not only to hunt, but to fight a tyrannical government," he said. "That's why the founders signed that law to make sure the government didn't have absolute power over the citizens."

Some protesters protested the use of the term "assault weapon."

Loren Tiffany of Newfane said, "There's no such thing as an assault weapon. Assault is a behavior. Those are defense guns they are talking about. ... A tyrant's first act is to disarm all the people."

Tiffany attended the rally in Buffalo and intends to join the excursion to Albany which leaves at 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 28 from the Eastern Hills Mall. "We're going to repeal the Cuomo law," Tiffany said. "He did it in the dark of night. I hope this just ruins his chance of ever going higher in the government."

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