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BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman faced off against the state’s gun lobby director in an informal debate Thursday meant to highlight what the Democratic candidate for governor says is the failure of a party primary opponent - Attorney General Martha Coakley - to embrace tougher gun control.
Grossman and Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts Executive Director Jim Wallace presented their views during the exchange on the steps of the Statehouse, which was arranged by their respective groups. Coakley’s campaign had indicated she wouldn’t attend the event, and organizers placed a podium with her name on it between the podiums for Grossman and Wallace.
“Regrettably Martha Coakley doesn’t get it. Martha Coakley disagrees and has been praised by Jim Wallace and the gun lobby,” Grossman said. “Why does Martha Coakley take the NRA’s position? I believe Martha Coakley has demonstrated a failure of leadership as the state’s chief law enforcement officer.”
“Among other public safety measures, she has supported closing the gun show loophole, banning assault weapons, and background checks for gun purchases,” Foley said in a statement.
Coakley’s campaign said she was attending the funeral of Boston Police Officer Dennis Simmonds on Thursday.
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