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Gun Compromise

State Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, right, talks with Rep. Ed Henry, R-Decatur, at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala., Thurday, May 9, 2013. Key legislators have agreed on sweeping changes to Alabama gun laws, but the House and Senate still must vote on the measure before it can go to Gov. Robert Bentley for his signature. The primary sponsors, Beason and Democratic Sen. Roger Bedford of Russellville, hailed the agreement as a major step forward for gun owners' rights. Bedford and Beason, who don't typically land on the same side of any debate, joined forces to navigate a tense period of negotiations intended to satisfy the National Rifle Association, Alabama law enforcement leaders and the state chamber of commerce รณ all of them important groups for the Republican supermajority.