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Safe Act opponents look to November
Rochester, N.Y. - The SAFE Act was signed into law more than one year ago, and it's still the source of controversy among 2nd Amendment advocates throughout the state.
Rallies in opposition to the SAFE Act have since taken place across the state.
One of the most recent rallies took place at Cobbs Hill Park on Saturday in Rochester with hundreds in attendance.
"We've got a statewide effort to get out the vote," said Stephen Aldstadt, President of the New York Shooters Committee on Political Education. "Today we're helping people get educated and get motivated."
Aldstadt said the rallies are going to be an electoral force come November.
"We're putting voter registration forms in every sportsman stores and every gun shop in the state," he added. "We've got the materials, we're doing a lot of social media, and these [the rallies] are going to motivate people to get out and vote."
Despite the state-wide rallies in opposition to the legislation, according to a Siena College Poll taken in June, voters in New York State tend to favor the SAFE Act by a 2 to 1 margin.
Back in 2013, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll showed that 63 percent of voters in New York State supported the SAFE Act, with 33 percent disapproving it.
However, according to that poll, 54 percent of Upstate NY voters disapproved of how Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) has handled gun policy, while 66 percent in New York City approved it.
The SAFE act was signed into law in January of 2013. It required universal background checks on all gun purchases and banned various assault weapons from being sold in the state, among other things.