When colonists faced gun confiscation by the British in 1775, they confronted their enemies at the Concord Bridge with “the shot heard ’round the world.” Approximately 75,000 New Yorkers are planning to do the same in protest of the New York SAFE Act.
“The Shot Heard ‘Round New York State” is being organized by the Springville Field and Stream Club to protest the law passed “in the dark of night” by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Act bans assault weapons, requires gun registration, imposes ammunition limits, and allows for confiscation if an individual is found to be in violation. A federal judge recently ruled the seven-round limit unconstitutional, though Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick argues that the decision only coves the Western District. The judge upheld the assault weapons ban and other provisions.
Many New Yorkers view the SAFE Act as a direct threat to Second Amendment rights. They point to a particular quote by Cuomo in December 2012, during which he stated, “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option.” Cuomo claims to “understand the rights” of gun owners, though that does not seem to be the case.
Several gun clubs and ranges in Waterloo, Orleans, Yates, Erie, Wayne, and Niagara counties are expected to hold events, all beginning at noon on January 11, 2014. County sheriffs, firefighters, and other officials are expected to attend in support.
Yates County Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) will be holding several events at the Izaak Walton League, the Barrington Rifle Club, and the Middlesex Conservation Club. SCOPE will also be holding a breakfast for Rochester area firefighters against the “un-SAFE act”, who will join shooters at the Ontario Rod and Gun Club. The Northern New York Freedom Fighter group will also be holding events. All shots are to be safe and legal, and many clubs are also providing coffee and donuts.
The Springville Field and Stream Club is asking all sportsman’s clubs in the state stand up for freedom to spread the word about the event. Check with your local club and range to see if they are participating.