In a refreshing bit of bipartisan cooperation, Gov. Rick Scott has signed a sensible gun control measure born from an odd coupling between a Democratic state lawmaker and the National Rifle Association.
The bill tightens existing rules that bar the violently mentally ill from buying guns, a priority evoked by conservatives and liberals alike in the wake of last year’s school massacre in Newtown, Conn. The measure shouldn’t have drawn any controversy, but gun rights groups to the political right of the NRA incited thousands of people to ask Gov. Scott to veto it. Fortunately, the governor rejected those baseless requests.
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