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Protesters Denounce New York SAFE Act

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Rochester: People Protest New York SAFE Act
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Not everyone is supporting the Governor's NY SAFE Act legislation. Protesters demonstrated outside City Hall during the Governor's visit.

They were there when he arrived and waited for him to leave. They wanted to make sure Governor Andrew Cuomo heard what they had to say.

"Go home!"

The protesters said they not only disagree with the measures in the state's new SAFE Act, they take issue with how it made its way through the government.

"The way they pushed it through the middle of the night and it's ridiculous that they're putting it at 11 o'clock in the day when everyone else is at work and can't get out of work to say anything about it," said Corey Johnson from Livonia.

John Hornberger is an avid outdoorsman, sportsman, hunter and a gun owner. He has a degree in Fisheries and Agriculture. He said he took an early lunch break to be downtown to demonstrate.

"They addressed the wrong issue here as far as preventing violence. This bill does absolutely nothing to prevent violence. It's really a victory for criminals," said Hornberger. "There's laws on top of laws, on top of laws that aren't doing anything for anybody right now. These are more additions to that."

Hornberger believes there are other issues lawmakers should be addressing, other than just guns.

"I think video games and people becoming desensitized to these mass shootings that have going on – that's the issue here."

The protesters said this was only the beginning. They plan to fight the new legislation.

"There is a class action lawsuit that's going be filed by an attorney in Buffalo on a pro bono status," said Bob Meyer of Rochester. "We'll see what the courts have to say." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP