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Thousands protest at Capitol against NY SAFE Act

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Hundreds protest at Capitol against NY SAFE Act
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Governor Cuomo is garnering a lot of criticism after passing the NY SAFE Act this week. YNN's Madeleine Rivera was at the Capitol on Saturday as thousands of people protested against the bill.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- "It's not right."

"They shouldn't take guns from the good people of the United States."

"I'm for the Constitution."

Few voices from the thousands who gathered at the Capitol building on Saturday to protest what they called an attack on personal rights.

"We are unfortunately losing a freedom that God gave us," said Ryan Falek, a protester from Long Island.

That freedom in question is the Second Amendment: The right to bear arms. Protesters said Governor Cuomo's latest gun control bill targets the wrong people and prevents many from acquiring guns they claim to have the legal right to own.

"Everything's different now," said Anita Vadney, 81, who came out for the first time in a month to protest the issue. "My family grew up hunting. My in-laws. They were hunters. They didn't go shooting things up."

The conversation did not stop there. Matt Brady says the provision which makes it illegal for a gun owner to have a magazine with more than seven bullets will hinder his ability to protect himself.

"Seven rounds is not gonna cut it if there's ten people coming to your house," said Brady.

Still, others said that the bill is not the solution to gun violence in the country, a debate that's gathered heat since the Newtown shooting.

"People kill people," said Julie Ragozzino.

Vadney says she hopes the talk will continue.

"We're here and we know what we're here for and we wish more would be here. We're not here for shooting people up," said Vadney. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP