Selectmen in the town of Westford on Wednesday night unanimously rejected a local ban on assault weapons.
During a packed town meeting, the selectmen voted down the proposed ban with no debate.
Selectman Robert Jeffries, who floated the proposed bylaw, said he still hopes to have a "conversation" about how to better secure weapons.
State law bans assault weapons. But earlier this month, on WBUR, Jeffries advocated for the town law as well because state law, he said, "gives an exception for weapons prior to the law itself."
He also said he sought to "provide a push from the bottom to try to get the state to work a little bit more on their existing laws."
This program aired on February 21, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.