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March 7, 2013

Gun ownership rally planned in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE —  Plans are being made for a peaceful demonstration here Sunday to add local voices to a call for repealing the new state gun law.

A fledgling group called Sons and Daughters of Liberty will hold a rally from 1 to 5 p.m. at Harrietstown Town Hall in the village.

Organizer Ken Kunath said the group is just now organizing to present a North Country pro-gun-ownership perspective for protection of Second Amendment rights.

“We hope to at least form a group to protect our amendments under the constitution and to oppose those trying to suppress them,” he told the Press-Republican on Wednesday.

Kunath watched closely as a massive rally unfolded in Albany last week.

Unable to attend, he decided to plan a gathering here.

He said the local counties have not weighed in on gun rights as they relate to the new law in New York.

But Franklin County Legislature is slated to discuss the issue today. A measure opposing the law is on the agenda for the session that starts at 9 a.m.

LIMITS ROUNDS

The Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (SAFE Act) was signed into law Jan. 15 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, marking the first tighter gun-control legislation to go into effect in the United States after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. 

The massacre left 20 elementary-school children and six school staff members dead, along with the male shooter and his mother.

New York’s new law, among other restrictions, bans semiautomatic rifles and handguns with military-style components.

It also limits ammunition in gun magazines to seven rounds and requires background checks and tracking in the purchase of ammunition.

“We decided to rally on the 10th with the idea that it will still keep us focused on what is happening as opposed to being forgotten after the bigger rallies are over,” Kunath said Wednesday.

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