BUFFALO, N Y- Just a few days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed tough new legislation cracking down on assault weapons and ammunitions, pro-gun advocates are firing back.
"Right after everything started going down so quickly in Albany, this quickly turned into a Second Amendment Rights protest," said Rus Thompson.
More than a thousand people packed Niagara Square for what was called "Gun Appreciation Day.” Many who attended carried signs criticizing the Governor and the state's new gun control law. Some even compared Cuomo and the state to Nazi Germany.
"I'm out here because it ain't about deer hunting, it ain't about duck hunting, it’s about protection. They take it away from us, there's a little guy called Adolf Hitler he tried it once too," said resident Tom Leone.
One of the new restrictions under the SAFE Act says residents cannot use magazines that carry more than seven rounds.
"The thing with the seven shots in a clip is ludicrous. I mean, to take the right away from us to bear arms. I love to shoot, I love to hunt, I love to sport shoot. It's the starting of the fascist movement," said resident Larry Roland.
The issue of gun control reached a fevered pitch following the school shooting in Newtown Connecticut that killed 20 children and six adults.
Last week President Obama also proposed tougher sweeping gun control laws.
Some pro gun advocates think the President and other lawmakers are using the tragedy to roll back their right to bear arms.
"There's no doubt there's a lot of gun violence, but what's going on here is not gonna change anything. Criminals don't follow the law, end of story," said resident Mike Fortunate.
Rally organizers say they plan to hold lawmakers who voted for the New York law accountable next election.