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February 19, 2013

Tuesday gun rally scheduled in Lockport

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Tonawanda News — “It was passed too quickly,” Mongielo said.

A similar rally held Jan. 19 in Buffalo between 1,500 and 2,000 of gun-rights enthusiasts gathered in Niagara Square to just say no to New York’s SAFE Act. That rally was organized by local Tea Party leader Rus Thompson.

“I was there,” said retired Niagara Falls police officer Steven Baum. “We had almost 3,000 there.”

When Baum leaned about the rally in Lockport he decided he may attend. He objected to Gov.Coumo’s assertion that, “This bill does not affect rifles and shotguns used by traditional hunters.”

Baum said the governor was totally incorrect. “I am a hunter and have been since I moved to Western New York from New York City and during that time I have used an AR-15 platform rifle to hunt both woodchuck and deer in rifle counties.”

According to Baum, the AR-15 platform rifle is the most popular rifle used in coyote and hog hunting in the whole country.

He complained about Cuomo’s “hissy fit” and said, “The facts are that nothing the governor has proposed or passed as SAFE law has any impact on criminal activity.”

Mongielo said he’s hoping for a response similar to Buffalo’s turnout in Niagara County. Those in attendance will be invited to join him and other opponents of the SAFE Act in signing on to a lawsuit that is being filed downstate on the grounds that the legislation is unlawful as it was approved by lawmakers who failed to follow the proper “due process.”

Today’s rally will proceed a meeting of the county legislature where lawmakers are expected to consider a series of resolutions co-sponsored by Republican lawmakers that question elements of the state’s new gun-control legislation. Tonight’s legislature meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the county courthouse building.

Reporter Bill Wolcott contributed to this story.

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