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Protesters call for repeal of NY SAFE Act

ALBANY — More than 1,000 demonstrators filled a park outside the state Capitol calling for repeal of New York’s new gun law.

While cheering former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino and Jeannine Pirro, a broadcaster and former Westchester County district attorney, protesters sang “God Bless America” and held signs for the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Pirro said Tuesday authorities should hunt criminals, not try to criminalize gun owners.

The law generally sets a seven-bullet limit in magazines, tightens the definition of illegal “assault weapons” and requires owners of many formerly legal semi-automatic guns to register them.

Repeal now appears unlikely. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos said amendments haven’t been discussed in recent meetings between the governor and legislative leaders.

Thousands of protesters attended a similar rally in February.