Thousands are expected at a Second Amendment rally on Thursday at the Capitol.
The event will be headlined by National Rifle Association President David Keene.
Assemblyman Tony Jordan, R-Jackson, a proponent of the gathering, said he is told about 5,000 people are expected. He said buses would be shuttling in opponents of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gun-control legislation from across the state. There will be lobbying of state legislators and a rally on the West Capitol lawn.
Jordan wants the event to demonstrate how unhappy people are with the way Cuomo’s legislation was enacted and the fact that gun owners feel like they’ve been turned into criminals by provisions in the law. “I think that is a consequence of rushed and flawed legislation,” he said.
Additionally, he said the event will highlight the need for a real dialogue about preventing violent deaths.
The day will include a chance for citizens to interact with state legislators. Jordan said this aspect of the event is important, because it gives a voice to people from all walks of life and might expose some legislators to new opinions. A chance for input was something missing during the preparation of the new law, which was passed in less than a day.
“They were denied the opportunity,” he said.
Lobbying will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday. The gathering in the park is scheduled for noon, according to a release from the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association.
Critics of Cuomo’s law have called for a complete repeal, which has been endorsed by numerous county governments and various groups across the state since it was enacted. Jordan said a repeal is an “uphill battle,” but added that it might be needed considering the failings of the law.