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The Enterprise — Marcello Iaia

One shot: Ronald Bernhard, a member of the Helderberg Rod and Gun Club Inc. in Knox, fires his shotgun into the fog of the club’s shooting range. He called it a “freedom shot,” which he and a dozen members fired at noon. The demonstration was called “A Shot Heard ’Round New York State,” called for by the Springville Field and Stream Club Inc. in Erie County. Gun clubs across the state fired shots in opposition to the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act passed one year ago. The event’s title comes from “the shot heard ’round the world,” a line from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem Concord Hymn referring to the start of the American Revolutionary War.