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Ire over gun control lingers in upstate New York

DUANESBURG (AP) -- New York's landmark gun control law opened a political fissure that's still visible upstate.

Polls have shown majority support for the law spearheaded by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and passed by lawmakers after the 2012 school shooting rampage in neighboring Connecticut. But the law is intensely disliked in parts of upstate New York with strong hunting and gun cultures. Anti-SAFE Act signs are a common sight on rural lawns and at rallies, and meetings centered on Second Amendment rights are being still being held.

Some analysts doubt that the lingering anger in traditional Republican strongholds can move the needle much in a governor's race in which Democrat Cuomo is heavily favored.

Still, Republican candidate Rob Astorino appears to be using the issue to rally his base upstate.

AP-WF-06-15-14 1251GMT
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