BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Gun control has been a contentious issue since the state's new gun control law was passed in January.
On Monday, legislators, community organizations and religious groups rallied in Martin Luther King Park in Buffalo to support Governor Cuomo's gun control legislation.
The New York SAFE Act bans all assault weapons with high capacity magazines and requires background checks on all gun purchases. It also increases the penalties on illegal gun use and makes it more difficult for convicted felons and mental health patients to purchase firearms.
In the midst of an ongoing lawsuit filed by gun rights advocates to amend the law, organizers like Lenny Lane, president of The F.A.T.H.E.R.S. Organization, spoke their minds and their hearts about gun violence.
"We're talking lives here and we need to understand that we as a community and we as a people at least need to save as many children as we can," Lane said.
"This legislation is not the end-all be-all," said Franchelle Hart, Communication Coordinator for the Upstate New York Division of 1199 SEIU. "It's the work that we've been doing for decades out in the streets. This is the work that needs to continue to be strengthened."
A request to temporarily halt the SAFE Act was denied last week. The case will be appealed to the State Supreme Court on Friday.