Protest Planned Against New York State Gun Law

January 18, 2013 Updated Jan 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

January 18, 2013 Updated Jan 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Local gun owners and supporters unite for an upcoming protest.

The new gun law passed in New York State this week is expected to bring lots of people to an event in downtown Buffalo this weekend.

About 1,000 people are expected to file into Niagara Square on Saturday to protect New York's new gun laws, now the strictest in the nation.

Gun rights advocates say New York's new gun law tramples second amendment rights, but others say the SAFE Act is needed to fight crime.

It took less than a week for protestors to rally support against the SAFE Act.

Stephen Aldstadt, the President of Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE), says "What is that going to do against somebody like this madman who went into the school in Connecticut and started shooting people up? You think he'll say wait a minute - I'm only supposed to have seven rounds in my magazine? I don't think so."

Saturday afternoon, more than a thousand people are expected to pack into Niagara Square.

Despite New York being considered a blue state, many areas of Western New York are conservative.

Some of the most controversial parts of the SAFE Act include cracking down on assault rifles, limited rounds in a magazines and requiring gun owners to re-register every five years.

Rus Thompson, who is organizing the protest says "It's ridiculous. So now you have to register everything that you have and then every five years go through the whole process again? It's a money grab. It's feel good legislation."

The protest will include speakers and a forum. Discussions will include filing a class action lawsuit against New York State.

Even with this outrage, lawmakers say it could have been much more drastic.

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) the earlier legislation "talked about confiscation of guns, confiscation of ammos. It talked about being able to give out your personal information. It talked about a ban on semi-automatic shotguns."

Grisanti says the 20 most extreme parts of that legislations were replaced with policy initiatives. He explains "Most important what was in there was a capital improvement project for school districts if they want to increase security measures at their school -- that's something that the state will reimburse them on."

Grisanti says the law does not just target guns, but also mental health and gang violence.

The state senator knows the law requires gun owners to make sacrifices, but says it's worth it to prevent another Sandy Hook or Aurora.

Protestors, who plan to come in from all over Western New York, are not buying that argument.