More State Laws Are Loosening Gun Restrictions

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Gun Debate Prompts State to Ease Restrictions

"I've been in politics a long time," Pfeiffer said at Politico's Playbook Breakfast Wednesday. "I very rarely run into a 90-percent issue. … Universal background checks are a 90 percent issue."

Jim Wallace, executive director of the Gun Owners' Action League (GOAL) of Massachusetts hopes lawmakers will look at what happened in his state after the passage of measures that restricted gun access in 1998.

"Gun control laws simply didn't work because they went after the thing rather than the human criminal element which is where they should be spending their time," Wallace told ABC News.

GOAL held a rally in Boston Wednesday with more than 1,000 supporters asking state legislators to oppose gun control measures.

Wallace wants lawmakers to turn away from background checks and bans on high capacity magazines and focus on fixing the mental health system and strengthening penalties for criminals. Similarly the NRA's Arulanandam said these laws place the burden on law-abiding gun owners.

"I think that's the frustration that gun owners are being made the scapegoats that if we only give up some of our rights then your children will be safer," Wallace said. "And that's simply not the case."

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