Gun rights group: Senate turned because of the SAFE Act – The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is taking credit for having turned the tide in the state Senate, noting the defeat of three incumbent Democrats as a result of their stance on the controversial SAFE act. Senators Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg; Terry Gipson, D-Rhinebeck; and Ted O’Brien, D-Irondequiot, all lost re-election to Second Amendment rights candidates endorsed by groups such as the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and the National Rifle Association. The group pointed to these and other losses for gun control candidates in legislative races statewide as a sign of widespread repudiation of gun control laws.