Changes May Be Looming for SAFE Act

March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 6:39 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 6:39 AM EDT

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) - It is a big day in State Supreme Court, Wednesday. Opponents to New York's new gun law hope their argument will be enough to strike down the law. There were more than 1200 signatures collected from counties across the state questioning the SAFE Act. Now, it is heading to court.

The court will hear arguments for and against the law. At issue is the speed at which this law was passed. Many people think it was passed too quickly, without thorough examination. Also, legislators did not observe the three-day waiting period before voting on the law.

Now, the state must prove that the law was passed constitutionally. If they do not, then a judge can order an injunction on the SAFE Act. That means the law would temporarily not be enforced until it is re-examined and a judge makes another ruling.

Those opposed to the law said that it is unclear and confusing. They said the loopholes could cause major problems.

"I don't believe there was enough time for the legislators to read what they were voting on. There was none of the 3-day waiting period that where the public can weigh in, give their concerns to their representatives, and the representatives can decide what to do, you know, based on that," Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo said.

This hearing comes just one day before many provisions with the new gun law go into effect. The hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. in Albany.

Lobbying for gun control outside of New York State also isn't over. Twenty-six cyclists finished a 400-mile ride from Newtown Connecticut to Washington D.C. to advocate for gun reform and show support for the Newtown victims. The bikers called themselves the Sandy Hook Riders. Each rider represented one of the 20 children and six educators killed during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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