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SAFE Act opposition rally draws 425

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LOWVILLE — A smaller-than-anticipated crowd attended the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act opposition rally Saturday.

The three-hour event drew about 425 to the seats at the Lewis County Fairgrounds.

“It was successful,” said Patrick J. Morse, New Bremen, founder of North Country Friends of the 2nd Amendment and rally organizer. “We had great speakers and we got the word out.”

Though he had hoped to fill the grandstand’s 2,500 seats, Mr. Morse was not discouraged. “That’s 425 new voices,” he said.

Guests heard from 14 speakers, from combat veterans to politicians. Lewis County Sheriff Michael P. Carpinelli, a vocal opponent of the NY SAFE Act, also spoke, as he has done at a variety of similar rallies around the state.

The National Rifle Association was available for membership information, along with voter registration forms and postcards to voice opposition to be mailed to Albany.

Mr. Morse said his group’s work is not done. It will be marching in parades and staffing booths at events such as the Lewis County Fair and Lowville Cream Cheese Festival.

Anyone seeking more information on the group can call Mr. Morse at 317-4380 or visit the group’s website,

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