The National Hockey League Players Association has voted unanimously to take immediate action to stop Maryland’s ban on semi-automatic rifles and other weapons.
The decision to take the step is a major victory for gun control advocates who had argued for a delay in the law, which took effect Jan. 1, 2016.
But it was a significant setback for gun rights advocates who hoped to see it go into effect sooner.
The NHLPA announced its action at its meeting in Los Angeles on Thursday.
The league said in a statement the vote is “not intended to restrict the Second Amendment right to bear arms” but is “to take the necessary and prudent steps to keep the League and its players safe and to protect the health and safety of our fans and players.”
The league is seeking to expand the law to include more semi-automatics, and it wants to give the owners of the guns to police departments.
This isn’t the first time the league has made a statement on gun control.
In June, it called for a federal ban on assault weapons, arguing that they are the “primary means of mass violence in our country.”