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ALBANY – As gun rights and gun control groups continue to argue over the effects of the New York SAFE Act, one consequence is clear: membership in the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association has soared since the law was enacted a year ago.


Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, said the NRA headquarters in Washington recently informed him his state affiliate has now surpassed Texas and California to become the largest state NRA chapter in the nation.


The NRA affiliate saw its membership rise from 22,000 statewide to 41,000 since the SAFE Act was approved in January 2013, King said.


While he said his group has had regular membership growth over the years, “it has grown exponentially faster than it ever has before and it can only be attributed to the SAFE Act,’’ he said.


“I think it sends a message to all the anti-gun politicians, all the politicians sitting on the fence, that yes, if they thought that we were quiet and this was going to go away without anyone paying any more attention to it, they were just flat-out wrong,’’ King said this morning.


In addition, King said members and non-members have donated $200,000 to his organization in the past year to help fund its legal challenge to the gun control law that was proposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the aftermath of the shootings at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut. Individual membership in the NRA affiliate in New York costs $25 a year.


“The Second Amendment is alive and well in New York state,’’ he said.

More: New York’s NRA membership nearly doubles in wake of SAFE Act - City & Region - The Buffalo News
 

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Hope they can get something done to change things there.
 

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Good news, but with 20 million in the state and half of them living within NYC, its a long way to victory.
Yep, that liberal infested tumor they call a city has far too many people in it being led by the nose.
 

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Good news, but with 20 million in the state and half of them living within NYC, its a long way to victory.
^^^What monsterdog said. NYC alone outmasses the rest of the state. We have the same problem in Denver on a smaller scale, with the Denver LibTards outmassing the voters in the rest of the state.
 
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