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It's been almost a year since the NY SAFE Act was signed into law by Governor Cuomo. Statewide, opponents of the gun control laws protested today at noon. Our Maria Valvanis is at one of those demonstrations.

SCHOHARIE COUNTY, N.Y. -- Kevin Sisson said, "We are obligated to speak."

And they're hoping to be heard. Saturday, An estimated 25,000 people fired shots at different gun clubs around the state to show their opposition of the SAFE act.

"It will be a message that these law abiding gun owners are not going away and we are going to continue this fight," said Senator James Seward.

It's a fight, they say, for liberty, justice, and the freedom that many of Saturdays protestors, fought for.

"The United States of America is very important and if everybody doesn't have some way of protecting themselves than it makes them insecure of protecting our country," said Veteran, Thomas Castellano.

Wednesday marks one year since Governor Cuomo signed the Act into law creating some of the strictest gun regulations in the country and sparking controversy with gun owners, veterans, and even police and law makers, who say it violates our second amendment rights.

"The scales of justice have been displaced to make ordinary citizens criminals," said Sisson.

Schoharie County Sheriff, Tony Desmond, said, "They may not need it but they want it and I believe they should have it."

Among the crowd in Middleburgh was Senator Seward, who says protests like these are so important to keep pressure on the Government to repeal the act, and target criminals instead of law abiding citizens.

"We need to zero in on the criminal element and the dangerously mental ill. That's how we're going to solve the problem of gun violence," the Senator said.

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