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Republican already offers amendment to gun law

That didn’t take long.

A Long Island Republican offered an amendment Wednesday to New York’s new, comprehensive gun law — less than 24 hours after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed it.

Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) proposed exempting retired police officers from the new limit on high-capacity ammunition magazines. Under the new law, the maximum capacity is seven bullets, down from 10. Boyle's proposal would allow retired officers to still carry 10.

“Retired law enforcement officers who choose to carry properly permitted weapons provide our communities with an additional layer of safety and security,” Boyle said in a statement. “As the new law is written, these men and women would be placed at a tactical disadvantage and potentially in life-threatening danger should they have to act against an armed adversary.”

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