BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The passage of the NY SAFE Act into law Tuesday has caused a stir for many New York residents.
"The people who woke up this morning and found out some of the weapons they have or some of the magazines they have are now illegal," said Rus Thompson of TEA NY, a local grass-roots group focused on the Constitution and limited government.
Many say the new law, which enacts some of the harshest gun restrictions in country, is an infringement on the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. A right that allows and encourages law-abiding Americans to own and be trained in the use of firearms.
"It was done to protect the citizens from a despotic government. One that has become too oppressive. And they not only have the right, but they have the obligation to oppress that government," said Budd Schroeder, Chairman of SCOPE.
They also say that the law will have little to no effect on public safety.
"It will not be effective. It's simple logic. Criminals do not obey laws," added Schroeder.
And that if protecting lives is the real motivation for the law, then lawmakers should look at some the nation's bigger killers.
According to the CDC, in 2011 gun violence accounted for less than .05% of the overall deaths in the United States with a total of 11,101 homicides by firearm. Over 90% of those were committed with handguns.
That is less than the number of people who died in accidental falls (26,631), motor-vehicle accidents (34,677) and alcohol related deaths (26,256).
They also say the nation wide assault rifle ban from 1994 to 2004 had little to no effect on gun violence.
"The rate of gun violence still dropped, even after the ban had been lifted. It does absolutely nothing on violent crime, because it's not the gun that's the problem...it's the criminals," said Schroeder.
"It all depends on the hands the weapon is in. So what do we have to focus on? How about all the illegal guns that are out there. Not the law abiding citizens' weapons," added Thompson.
Gun supporters will be holding a rally at Niagara Square in Downtown Buffalo Saturday morning to protest the new law. There is also already talk of a possible law suit to challenge the constitutionality of the law.