BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Gun owners say their second amendment rights are under attack from New York State, and they're rallying Saturday in support of the right to bear arms.
There could be a couple thousand gun owners assembling in Niagara Square on Saturday, and then going into the Statler to continue the discussion of how many people are affected by this new law.
Rally organizer Joe Mesler said, "This is about our rights as citizens, our right to bear arms."
Saturday's Gun Appreciation Day Rally in Niagara Square was planned long before Tuesday, when the state suddenly passed the most restrictive gun law in the nation.
Since then, Rus Thompson of Tea NY says, "Well it's taken on a life of its own. I mean, not only on Facebook...when I left the house I think there was 1,073 people who confirmed they would be coming."
Mesler added, "Marines that are driving up from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina said that they wanted to be a part of this. They were born and raised in Buffalo."
The rally begins at noon in Niagara Square.
Thompson said, "Then we're going to move inside the Statler. Statler City is going to be opened up and we hope to have a Q&A, a forum type thing where we can use this as an education part of it too, because so many people have so many questions."
A lot of the questions can now be answered on a new website put out by the state, which lists the most common questions about the gun laws with simple answers - something even gun dealers could have used days ago.
Ken Kassel didn't sell any bullets for days because he couldn't get a straight answer on whether there is new paperwork involved.
"I don't want to be the criminal selling it to them, then I'm out of business," Kassel said.
He finally did get clarification that there will be no background checks on selling ammo for one more year.
"They're not going to enforce anything until there's even a database to work with," Kassel noted.
Sen. Patrick Gallivan added, "Weapons, ammunition are flying off the shelves. There's lines outside of doors. I've never really seen anything like this as far as the passion it invokes in people."
Thompson noted, "You know, you're starting to really encroach on one of our most important rights."
News 4 will be covering Saturday's rally.
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