Fiery Meeting About NY SAFE Act

January 29, 2013 Updated Jan 29, 2013 at 8:15 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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January 29, 2013 Updated Jan 29, 2013 at 8:15 PM EDT

Clarence, NY (WKBW) - A question and answer session on New York's new gun law turned testy, as gun owners unleash a fury of anger on the new legislation.

Frustration boiled over for people who feel as though they are law abiding citizens, being turned into criminals.

For many, it was a chance to vent anger at Albany.

One WNYer even said "You put a brown shirt on Mr. Cuomo and put him on television, he would look just like Hitler."

Another chimed in, "Angry people get together, they form militias folks. This country, this WNY is prime for something like that!"

Western New York gun owners say they SAFE Act and its ban on assault weapons makes no sense.

One of the big concerns -- who is footing the bill for making changes to guns that are now considered assault weapons. State officials told the crowd the gun owners are the ones responsible.

People in the crowd also had a lot of questions about the registration laws. One gun owner asked,"What is the penalty if you don't register it? 'Cause I guarantee there's a lot of people that aren't going to."

At times, advocates felt answers were incomplete or political.

State officials say there is a misconception as to which weapons are considered illegal.

Michael Green, with the Division of Criminal Justice Services explained, "Any pump, lever or bolt action shotgun or rifle can't be an assault weapon by definition and does not need to be registered."

State officials say the SAFE Act preserves second amendment rights, while preventing another Aurora, Sandy Hook or Webster.

Officials explained they would be tracking ammunition sales ""So that folks in Aurora, Colorado don't come up with six thousand rounds of ammunition."

However, some in the crowd say the problem goes much deeper than any weapon -- it comes down to a society desensitized by violence.