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Anti-SAFE Act rally to feature Astorino, Trump, Paladino

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- Gun rights advocates will hear from the likes of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and billionaire Donald Trump in a rally outside the state Capitol next Tuesday, Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino announced Tuesday.

In an email sent to supporters and reporters, Paladino said the "stand up for your rights'' rally will call for the full repeal of the New York SAFE Act, a law passed in January last year that cracks down on the sale of assault-style weapons and, eventually, will create a tracking system for all purchases of ammunition in the state.

Others expected to speak, according to Paladino, include Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard. The three-hour rally is scheduled for the Capitol's West Park. Whether Astorino and Trump will appear together is uncertain; Trump recently said he will not run for governor this year against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the author of the SAFE Act, and a number of Republican leaders are urging county GOP leaders to rally behind Astorino.

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