Massachusetts legislation increasing some restrictions on guns passed the House on Wednesday with the support of both gun-control advocates and gun-rights members, a stark contrast from the divisive national attempts at gun-control legislation.
The common saying that a good compromise leaves both sides unhappy did not apply for this bill, as several last-minute changes to the restrictive legislation appeased gun-rights advocates, The Boston Globe reports.
The Massachusetts affiliate of the National Rifle Association called it “a great victory for the Second Amendment.’’ Jim Wallace, the executive director of The Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts, had similar feelings: “I’m not jumping up and down and saying, ‘Yahoo,’ but we’re OK with it,’’ he told the Globe. “We’re pleased with the last-minute changes.’’
Meanwhile, House Speaker Robert Deleo said the legislation, which passed by a 112-38 vote, “makes our already strong gun laws even stronger here in Massachusetts.’’ Grafton Republican representative George Peterson, the lone Republican to vote in favor of the legislation, agreed. “We’ve got a pretty good balance,’’ he said. Compromise never sounded so good.
The bill still needs to be approved by the Senate and Governor to become law. You can read more of the details of the legislation over at The Boston Globe.