An estimated 3,000 people rallied outside the state capitol in Albany this morning to protest the state’s SAFE Act, signed in January by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The legislation expanded the state’s existing assault weapons ban, prohibited semiautomatic pistols and rifles “with detachable magazines and one military-style feature, as well as semiautomatic shotguns with one military-style feature,” and limited high-capacity magazines from 10 bullets to seven.

TWC News notes that the rally is taking place just two weeks before the final deadline to register weapons under the SAFE Act. All semi-automatic assault weapons must be registered by April 15.

There was a small counter-protest inside the capitol building.

  • Ghee!

    *fires shots in the air for the pro-gun New Yorkers*

    • DG

      I understand your excitement, but every pro 2A person and responsible gun owner knows how bad that is. NEVER fire your weapon “in the air.”

      • dwsmokin

        NYC ain’t Baghdad.

        • DG

          Um. I’m aware.

          • Ghee!

            Guys, metaphorically of course! :-)

            I am a very responsible owner/carrier.

          • DG

            LOL. I believed that when I read it. Was just putting that out there for any possible trolls who may happen along.

          • Ghee!

            Should I mention that I carry a Troll Tec .9? 😉

          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

            I carry the Piers Morgan Assault Rifle. It’s a Glock with a 30 clip magazine.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            You know when you shoot all 30 rounds, that mag is useless right? /sarc just paying tribute to the Colorado legislature!

          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

            No. This magazine holds 30 clips. It’s just like Piers described it on TV.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            Yeah, sorry, that didn’t come across correctly. I was trying to combine your comment with that wacko from Colorado.

          • Nigel Pinchley

            But is it a .30 caliber clip in three seconds?

          • Ghee!

            only if you add the three second top rail on it.

          • Nigel Pinchley

            Ahhh! The thing that goes up!

          • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/1307761147/ Don Meaker

            I have a clip loaded revolver, just to make people’s heads explode when I tell them.

          • Jay Stevens

            Actually, unless you are being sarcastic, there is such a thing:
            http://smith-wessonforum.com/lounge/95100-whats-moon-clip.html

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/JayJay3Fifty7 JJ357

            Ahahahahahaaaaa…I recall that…scary part is, that is the kind of “intelligence” making legislation.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            Yeh, I don’t know which of their “points” about guns and ammo are the most ludicrous, but I think that one ranks up at the top.

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/JayJay3Fifty7 JJ357

            I would put Musket Morgan and Michael Moore’s claims that muskets were what was protected by the 2nd amendment and nothing beyond that on the top 5 most ludicrous list. Those clowns were way off on the spirit of the second amendment. I would put big money down that forefathers would have agreed that full auto rifles are protected by 2nd for the people.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            Yeah, that one is up there too. But they never think beyond their emotions and realize if that argument is true, then it’s also true for the 1st Amendment, therefore tv, radio, social networking, etc would not be covered.

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/JayJay3Fifty7 JJ357

            For sure.

          • dwsmokin

            Of course, as we all are. Sad thing is, I’m not sure the left does. They ignore 2/3 of the world where firing an AK-47 willy nilly in the air is a sign of manhood-rather than just plain stupid.

          • Gospace

            Actually, firing an AK-47 in the air IS just plain stupid, whether or not it is a sign of manhood.

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Neither was that. It was Albany. The big mansion at the end of that mall is the State Legislature. If they were going to point it anywhere, it should be at those bozos. Every year they’re supposed to pass the budget and have it in place by 1 April. Rarely happens. It’s been said that when they ever DO, like this year, nobody believes them– people think, “April Fool!”

    • H50 ✓RAT

      Im sure you mean symbolically.

  • Hank_Scorpio

    Nothing more irrational than blaming the actions of criminals and the mentally unstable on an inanimate object. Good to see such a huge turnout.

    • conservativechick

      File this under “Stories you’ll never hear about.”

      • oxco

        Was thinking the exact same thing

  • Informed&Concerned

    Wow! Nice to see the people making their voices heard! #pewpewpew

    • Jay Stevens

      Nice thoughts, but if you really want to have your voices heard, do it at the ballot box. I wonder how many of those demonstrating voted for Cuomo?

      As a transplanted Texan (from Illinois), about all I can do is minimize the amount of money I spend in New York.

      • Informed&Concerned

        While you geographically moved south, you most definitely MOVED UP!

        (I came to MI *from* New York )

  • dwsmokin

    If the left were really serious about it-they’d put Sandra Fluke in charge of these pro-gun rallies. She’s the best at guaranteeing no more than a dozen or so turnout.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Remember that Weiner campaign appearance, where it was just him?

      • dwsmokin

        Does seem funny-we get thousands to turn out-they get dozens (at best). Kind of makes you wonder who’s actually showing up at the ballot box (or how many times)

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Not that such a demo will attract the notice of Governor Moe the Bartender.
    But then again, Andrew Cuomo always was more the shotgun type, if he ever engaged in the shooting sports…
    http://www.babylovechild.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/double-barreled.jpg

    • DG

      I’m always a sucker for a Simpsons Pic.

  • H50 ✓RAT

    Wow, looks like more than 3K to me. In NY no less. Whodda thunk it.

    • DG

      Very nice to see.

    • conservativechick

      Or a few dozen, as reported by the MSM. (if reported at all)

      • H50 ✓RAT

        Common Core math, they just never have enough 10 sticks.

    • Lou Bator

      There’s more to NY state than NYC.

      • H50 ✓RAT

        No kidding.
        There is more to Hawaii than grass skirts.
        Whats your point?

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          “Apple Knockers” (i.e., Upstaters) are a whole ‘nother breed than people from “The City” (as NY’ers refer to the Five Boros and surrounding counties). They’re about as Red State as any Heartland state. It’s an area that was, in the 19th C., called the Burnt-Over District, as the people there were so spiritual and so abolitionist (i.e., a combination of fervor combined with a love of personal liberty– the Women’s Suffrage movement started there) it was said that no evangelism could take place there– saturation point had been reached, and you might as well try to set fire to scorched earth as to try to find someone in Upstate NY who WASN’T a Christian and a 19th C. version of a civil libertarian. (A bit strange, as a public works project, the Erie Canal, had brought many settlers there, but many saw it as necessary infrastructure that the Constitution, in its post road and interstate commerce regulation provisions, permitted– and the tolls paid off the bonds for the construction.)

          • Jay Stevens

            Sure. And like Chicago and Illinois, for instance, what happens in the rest of the state pretty much doesn’t matter.

      • Jay Stevens

        “There’s more to NY state than NYC.”

        Yes, but like every other state with large urban population centers, what happens in NYC drives NY State politics

  • DG

    This will eventually make its way through the courts, and will be turned over. As are most gun-right restrictions.

    Making our voices heard. And peacefully.

    Anyone wonder how many in that crowd are carrying? I’ll bet most, if not all.

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    I hate it when you form an unruly mob only to find out that everyone forgot to bring the torches & pitchforks.

  • The Masked Avatar

    The people are rising.

  • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

    Waiting for all the criminals to remove enough bullets from their ILLEGAL guns to come within the 7 bullet range.

  • SpaceRacer423

    what the actual **** is “a military style feature?”

    • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

      I dunno, but I think it’s scary looking.

    • DG

      Anything the liberals don’t like and want to ban.

      • Ghee!

        I think its that scary strap that they use to hang the assault rifle on their shoulders with.

      • pinkelephant22

        Yes, like e-cigs. ‘Cuz it “looks bad”.

        • DG

          Reminiscent of candy cigarettes.

        • Lou Bator

          Assault e-cigs?

    • H50 ✓RAT

      Features that scare progs. If it resembles any portion of a unicorn then its ok.

      • porkchop6209

        Like a pop tart or a bubble. They just haven’t been “formed” enough to be frightening yet. Hey girl!

        • H50 ✓RAT

          Hey chop!
          IDK, I bet the school scared the crud out of the kid with the pop tart.

          • porkchop6209

            Probably damaged the poor kid for life. Watch out for tsunamis, 8.2 quake off northern Chile. Not forecast for you, but never know.

          • H50 ✓RAT

            I saw the kid getting interviewed and he was cute as a button, he couldnt figure out what he did wrong. Said he usually knew what he did wrong when he got punished.

            Thanks for the heads up, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is monitoring the deep water buoys now. The say they wont know if it will have any impact on us for another hour. We get a two hour warning from the sirens, so its plenty of time to gather up the kupuna and head up the hill to the church. Not to worry.

          • porkchop6209

            That was a pretty stout quake, they said it killed 5 in Chile. With the recent ones in Yellowstone, Ok, and southern Cal I can’t help but wonder if a big one is about to hit here on the mainland. About due for one, hate to see it though. Glad you guys can get a pretty good lead time to move to higher ground. I believe they travel pretty fast across open ocean.

          • Jay Stevens

            In deep, open water, 400 knots (460 mph) is not unusual.

          • porkchop6209

            Wow, that’s moving along. As I understand it, in deep water the wave pulse is not very noticeable above the surface, as it hits shallow shelves and islands it gains height and intensity. Moving water is very destructive, such as the 05 Sumatra/SE Asia tsunami and the 60’s Alaska quake.

      • Jay Stevens

        “Features that scare progs. If it resembles any portion of a unicorn then its ok.”

        Except the horn. The horn is long, pointy, and sharp. It turns the cute and cuddly creature into an assault beast.

        • H50 ✓RAT

          Assault beast, lol. But only when provoked by a con!

    • mrspinky85

      I’m a vet and still can’t tell you.

      • SpaceRacer423

        haven’t you heard? putting a pistol grip on a shotgun makes its a bazillion times more likely to commit a mass shooting!!!!!
        #FACT

        • mrspinky85

          Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true! –Homer Simpson

        • porkchop6209

          Only if it is black

    • porkchop6209

      Anything that looks like an actual firearm.

    • Jay Stevens

      “what the actual **** is ‘a military style feature?'”

      Compare a Ruger Mini-14 with an AR-15. Any differences that you see on the AR-15 is a “military style feature”: the collapsible butt stock, the hand grip, the carrying handle over the receiver, the bayonet lug (how many robberies and assaults have been committed with a fixed bayonet?), flash suppressor (they really don’t but civilians do not know that), and even the black plastic furniture.

      None of these features affect the functionality of the weapon, but they look “scary”.

      This also illustrates the idiocy of basing legislation on appearance.

      • SpaceRacer423

        do you think NY idiots would be ok with this semi auto rifle,
        or is it too “military?”

        • Mike

          It was part of the restricted list until the 7 round magazine limitation was struck down. All you need to do is saw or file off the bayonet lug and you are legal with the M1 Garand

  • SpaceRacer423

    The legislation expanded the state’s existing assault weapons ban, prohibited semiautomatic pistols and rifles “with detachable magazines and one military-style feature, as well as semiautomatic shotguns with one military-style feature,”
    .
    so one of these shotguns is okay, the other is banned?

    • porkchop6209

      Aren’t sights a “military” feature?

    • MNg

      Actually that shotgun with the rear pistol grip is legal in NY for some reason. A grip on the front however is not legal. Go figure. Put up a picture of a mini-14 with and without a flash suppressor. That will illustrate your point pretty darn good.

  • mrspinky85

    Yes, people are getting tired of the BS.

  • Hank_Scorpio

    Harry Reid denies this ever happened in 3….2….1…..

    • porkchop6209

      Hank winz da indernets, now for a Harry Reid approved class on how to familiarize youseguys with it.

  • pinkelephant22

    I would love to know how many of the 3,000 are Democrat voters.

    • Mike

      Two would be my estimate.

  • carmenta

    Beautiful sight right there!

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    That looked (to me) like MORE than 3,000 people at the outdoor rally against the Safe Act… While the Idiots who support it got to dance and prance around like the fairies they are, inside… Jawamax 8<{D}

  • LegalizeShemp

    So liberals say you can defend yourself against intruders, just not against a LOT of intruders, which would require a larger magazine.

  • yourmamatoo

    And look who had the bigger crowd.
    Liberals outnumbered again.

  • George Washington

    Never spending money or traveling to the liberal cess pool known as NY again! Come to AZ activists. We are treated as adults. The Second Amendment is respected. You can carry your firearm concealed or open virtually everywhere without a nanny state permit. Don’t Tread on ME!

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    Why did the freedom haters get to go inside the Capital?

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Ermm- umm– because they WORK there?

      • Jeffrey Rogers

        emmm yeah….kind of my POINT.

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          And one which needed a bit more elucidation, lest the ignorant Lefties out there should have missed it. Wotta load o’ BS that Astroturf “counter-protest” was, in any event, figuring there are ALWAYS cameras in the Capitol Building and staffers would know where and when to be to be seen to max advantage.

  • pompis1

    There will be a trend for this kind of demonstrations. Americans need to stand up and fight for their rights. The government is really getting out of hand and doing things against the will of the people. Once the government takes our guns we are in big trouble. Government by the people and for the people. Most politicians seem to have forgotten

  • Artful Dodger

    How fitting that a Cuomo bill is “celebrated” on April Fool’s day?……………… Keep in mind folks that the 2nd Amendment is there to protect the 1st Amendment.

  • Defend Liberty Philly Dude

    At this link we find more video of a violent crime thwarted by an armed citizen: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21134540/vp/53333495#53333495