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March 7, 2013

Gun ownership rally planned in Saranac Lake

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“One of the big issues here is the State Police department’s approach on this. The larger question is that, when they require you to register your weapon, we really want to know what the future intent is going to be with that information. Every gun owned in New York is recorded somewhere, somehow. Every gun has a serial number that is already recorded.”

‘FOCUS ON CRIMINALS’

The concern of gun owners is focusing on Second Amendment rights, he said.

“The Second Amendment right — adopted by New York state in 1790  — is ‘the right to bear arms.’ It doesn’t say: This is what arms you can bear, or this is what you can’t bear.

“We believe legislation for gun use should be more focused on the people that are committing these crimes and are really falling through the cracks of society.”

The plan is to hold a peaceful, general rally, Kunath said, with a few local speakers and town officials.

State lawmakers, including Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru), plan to send statements to be read aloud, he added, since neither representative can be there Sunday.

Both voted against SAFE legislation.

‘CONSTITUTION REPRESSED’

“What I really find impressive about New York state is the effort every county sheriff rallied up against this,” Kunath said.

“I think it’s all based on not turning back time or repressing the U.S. Constitution.”

He couldn’t estimate how many people are expected to attend the rally but said some local sportsmen’s clubs and rod-and-gun club members plan to participate.

“If we do get 100 or 200 people, I’d be happy with that,” Kunath said.

PROVISIONS CHALLENGED

The new gun law has drawn opposition from county leaders in many of the state’s 62 counties with county boards and legislators calling for partial repeal or at least public hearings on the new law.

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