NY SAFE Act Faces Changes

January 23, 2013 Updated Jan 23, 2013 at 7:51 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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January 23, 2013 Updated Jan 23, 2013 at 7:51 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A few forgotten details are jamming up New York State's new gun control law.

The sticking point in the current controversy has to do with the number of bullets in the magazines law enforcement officers can carry.

Critics say the NY SAFE Act was rushed through the legislature, paving the way for major mistakes in the tough gun legislation.

The New York SAFE Act has drawn criticism and support from both sides since the beginning -- even sparking a protest in Buffalo which thousands of people attended.

However, now there is new concern. Currently the law has no exemption for law enforcement officers to carry magazines with more than seven rounds or guns considered assault weapons.

State Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-NY 59) says "Any harm is probably overcome in front of the law enforcement officers go, but here's where the potential is -- making law enforcement officers criminal."

Lawmakers plan to change this. State Senator Mark Grisanti (R-NY 60) explains "We would have those as being exempt. And also if that's a type of weapons they would take home, that would be exempt as well."

Retired law enforcement would be exempt from some of the provisions as well.

Critics and legislators say this was not caught earlier because of the lack of a three day waiting period.

Those opposed to the law say that also took away their chance to give feedback.

Stephen Aldstadt, with the Shooters Committee on Political Education, says it happened "In the middle of the night, with no public input -- it's like a dictatorship."

Those in favor of the SAFE Act say changes will be made, but the three day waiting period was not needed.

Grisanti explains the most extreme provisions and ideas were already removed. He adds "The three day waiting period wasn't going to do any difference in the main part of the legislation regarding the public policy and what was already taken out."

Lawmakers say there were other mistakes found, but most just were minor technical errors with no major implications.

Lawmakers plan to address the law enforcement aspect of the SAFE Act this week, well before it takes effect.