More than 600 opponents of New York’s new gun control law rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday, saying they would not comply with the state’s new law, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Many of the protesters who took issue with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s process of passing the bill in one day said they felt cheated by New York's Republican lawmakers and urged for the law’s repeal.
"Our governor has seen fit to try and restrict the rights we get by our constitution. We're just not going to stand for it anymore," Tracy Brundege said, who is a 52-year-old barbecue chef from Schenectady, N.Y.
Brundege was among the hundreds of other protesters who said they wouldn't comply with the state's new law requiring owner registration for the list of guns the law now deems illegal. He protested at the rally by handing out stickers and selling "Don't Tread on Me" flags.
Cuomo defended the gun-control law, calling it a "common sense, reasonable and balanced" approach.
Still, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is planning another rally in Albany on February 28, which is expected to draw as many as 35,000 people.
National Rifle Association President David Keene will serve as the rally’s keynote speaker.