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Gun advocates prepare for rally
Rochester, N.Y. -- Gun advocate John Huther said he'll sit out Tuesday's rally against the NY SAFE Act in Albany.
The rally is scheduled to feature speakers like Donald Trump and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino.
Huther said he believes these rallies serve no purpose.
"Simply to restate what we feel about these issues when politicians choose not to be in the local area when they need to hear what we have to say," Huther said.
But Monroe County SCOPE Chairman Chris Edes said Tuesday's rally is just as important as past ones and a chance to show strength in numbers.
"I think what's on a lot of people's minds is that this is an election year," Edes said. "What we've accomplished in past rallies and what we want to continue to show is that we are the largest constituency out there and we may not be popular with the Democratic Party majority and muster greater numbers than other groups that go there to lobby."
For Huther, he said it will take more than a rally to bring what he calls real change.
"This has gone beyond simply chanting slogans," Huther said. "We need to take action. Things need to happen beyond just saying we need to change things."
Huther's said he hopes New York state residents will use their right to vote to make their message clear.
"There's 6 million gun owners in Upstate New York," he said. "If half of us vote and not just vote to have guns, but vote on principal. You can't take away our lawful products. We're not criminals, we haven't behaved as such, and we shouldn't be treated as such."
A local group will leave for Albany Tuesday at 5 a.m.
Edes said more than 100 people planned on traveling
13WHAM News will also be in Albany, with reports at 5, 6, 10 and 11.