William Jacobson has an extremely accurate discussion of the issue available here:
. . . The limit almost certainly was unconstitutional, as it amounted to a de facto ban on most handguns. So it had to go, either by legislation or the courts.
But why via the budget?
Lumping it in with the budget deprives opponents of the opportunity
to make the gun law a separate issue and to point out the haste with
which the legislature acted.
Most important, this maneuver deprives opponents of the gun law the
chance to vote against changing the 7-round limit in isolation? Huh, you
The limit is unworkable as the Governor admits, and makes a mockery
of the entire gun law. By keeping the limit in place, opponents of the
gun law in general would have created a situation where the gun law all
but imploded of its own weight. . . .
I was going to make the same points, but I couldn't do a better job than he has done.
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