HARRISBURG — The state Senate Wednesday approved a package of bills aimed at better protecting victims of domestic violence, including a measure that will close a loophole in the state’s gun law that victims’ advocates have said makes it too easy for abusers to access firearms.

The change to the gun law would eliminate a provision that allows those subject to protection from abuse orders to have friends or relatives take their firearms instead of turning them in to authorities.

Ahead of the unanimous vote Wednesday, gun rights activists dropped their opposition to the measure due to changes that make the legislation more palatable to them, said Kim Stolfer, president of Pennsylvania Firearms Owners Against Crime.

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