Thousand of gunowners and Second Amendment supporters are still gathered on the state Capitol’s west park, as speaker after speaker criticizes the state’s new gun laws and calls for a repeal.
“We’re with you. We’ll help you defeat the politicians who have deprived you of your rights. We’ll help you overcome these statutes in court,” Keene told the crowd, which filled much of the park and spilled onto neighboring streets. “We’ll do whatever is necessary to make certain that the Second Amendment rights that we have had passed down to us are going to be passed down to future generations.”
Afterward, Keene told reporters he did not request a meeting with Cuomo. “No, no,” he said. “I have no desire to meet with Andrew Cuomo.”
Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, Seneca County, drew huge applause from the crowd when he appeared to criticize comments made by Cuomo in his State of the State address in January. (“You don’t need 10 bullets to kill a deer,” Cuomo said at the time.)
“We do not have a constitutional right to deer hunt,” Nozzolio said. “We have a constitutional right to bear arms, and that’s what this is all about.”
We’ll have more sights and sounds from the rally as the day progresses. For now, here’s Keene speaking to reporters after his speech: