Johnstown club participates in nationwide event
JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. – The NY SAFE Act was upheld in court this past week, but that has not slowed down those fighting against the law.The Pine Tree Rifle Club held a protest against the NY SAFE Act on Saturday. Participants fired off guns to show Governor Cuomo that they still want the law repealed and they won't stop until it is.Former Assemblyman and Senate candidate George Amedore was among those shooting on Saturday at the club. This was all part of a nationwide event protesting the NY SAFE Act called the “The Shot Heard Around the U.S.”"To go and classify all of us law abiding citizens, try to take away our fire arms is unconstitutional,” said Amedore.Assemblyman Phil Steck believes those who say the gun law takes away their weapons and their second amendment rights have the interpretation of the amendment all wrong."It refers to a well-regulated militia it does not refer to a militia when people get to have any guns they want at any time under any circumstances,” said Steck.On Wednesday, a State Supreme Court Judge upheld the SAFE Act. Pine Tree Rifle Club trustee John Delsavio said the SAFE Act isn't going to stop mass shootings or any kind of gun violence."So you make all the laws that you want to make evils still going to be out there,” said Delsavio.Amedore, as well as the hundreds of plaintiffs in the SAFE Act lawsuit, believe the way the bill was passed was unconstitutional."The secrecy in the wee hours of the night without any public vetting and a letter of necessity which just is uncalled for,” explained Amedore.Steck says the emergency passage of the bill was necessary."The Governor recognized that something needs to be done about it and I think we as legislators I think we'd be derelict in our duty if we did not address the issue,” explained Steck.Attorney Bob Shulz said earlier in the week that he plans to take the SAFE Act case to The Court of Appeals.