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Gun owners will protest the anniversary of the NY SAFE Act

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MORRISTOWN — A north country group dedicated to repealing the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act is asking supporters to join in firing a gunshot in solidarity to protest the law’s passage a year ago.

The Northern New York Freedom Fighters will be hosting a “shot heard ‘round New York,” at noon Jan. 11 at the Black Lake Fish and Game Club at the intersection of Route 58 and Potato Street.

“We all believe that what Gov. Cuomo did was wrong, and the law is flawed and unconstitutional,” Freedom Fighters member Lawrence I. Kring of Morristown said.

Gun owners are invited to show up at the club with their own guns around 11 a.m.

The Yates County Shooters Committee on Political Education and the Barrington Rifle Club will host similar events elsewhere in the state.

Mr. Kring said the protest is symbolic of the “the shot heard ’round the world” at Lexington and Concord in 1775.

“In passing the New York SAFE Act of 2013, Gov. (Andrew M.) Cuomo used a message of necessity which suspended the Legislature’s three-day debate rules and allowed the SAFE Act to be passed in the dark of the night with no public comment,” Mr. Kring said.

Mr. Kring said the North Country Freedom Fighters communicate regularly on Facebook and are always looking for new members.

“It’s a loose-knit group which has ties to several other anti-SAFE act groups across the state,” Mr. Kring said of the North Country Freedom Fighters. “We try to come up with ideas on how to keep things stirred up. We are always looking for people that care about their Second Amendment rights.”

At noon they will “shoot a symbolic shot in a legal and safe manner.”

Attendees are welcome to participate in trap shooting after the protest.

Despite the fact that the U.S. District Court recently upheld most of the New York SAFE Act, which was challenged in a case filed against the state by several gun advocacy groups, Mr. Kring said he and other opponents to the law have faith that it will be overturned.

“That was expected,” he said. “The whole idea was of the suit was to get it into the Supreme Court, and hopefully we will go all the way.”

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