Protestors, Politicians Send Anti-NY SAFE Act Message

February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 20, 2013 at 12:36 AM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 20, 2013 at 12:36 AM EDT

Lockport, NY (WKBW) - A show of frustration with New York's tough gun rules -- lawmakers and protestors are fighting the New York SAFE Act.

Tuesday night, the Niagara County Legislature took a stand on gun control, asking the state to repeal the New York SAFE Act.

Dozens of gun rights supporters, filled up the Niagara County Legislature meeting, venting about the New York SAFE Act.

Edward Pettitt came to the podium, saying "Supporters of the second amendment were not defeated by the passing of this law -- we were cheated."

One of the big concerns -- that the law punishes law abiding citizens rather than criminals.

Rebekkah Kallin said "Hopefully we never have to use it. But we should have the right to use those weapons if needed."

Another big concern by the multiple people that spoke is the way the law passed. Protestors say lawmakers did not give the community an opportunity to give input on the legislation.

Every Niagara County legislator at the meeting agreed.

They voted unanimously to ask state lawmakers to tighten privacy laws on pistol permit owners, to get rid of new registration requirements and to repeal the SAFE Act all together.

Even though the resolutions are non-binding, Majority Leader Richard Updegrove (R) says he hopes this puts pressure on the state. "we're looking to other counties for their support," Updegrove says. "We're also looking to the state delegation for their support."

Before the meeting, more than 150 protestors gathered outside of the Legislature in Lockport so show support for Niagara County lawmakers.

Kathy Ellis, who came to protest, said the law "goes against the Constitution of the United States. It goes against our Constitution of the people of the United States in this government."

The protests organizer says he is also starting a petition to bring about a lawsuit against Governor Cuomo and every state lawmaker who voted with him for treason.