This weekend, the Massachusetts Legislature will adjourn from its 2016 Legislative Session. With only a few days left, the legislature has a final opportunity to enact emergency legislation to curb the Attorney General’s outrageous gun control attempt. On July 19, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued an “enforcement notice” that greatly expands the Commonwealth’s definition of “assault weapon.” AG Healey alleges that the ban’s definition of “copy” or “duplicate” “assault weapons” has been misinterpreted for the last 18 years and she is simply the first law enforcement official to discover this incorrect interpretation. Beyond AG Healey’s obviously incorrect interpretation of the law, her enforcement notice fails to provide an intelligible definition of what will be considered an “assault weapon” by her office. No explanation is given for how the definition of an “assault weapon” can change as it applies to individual possession, ownership, and transfer versus sales of new firearms by licensed dealers.
NRA members and Second Amendment supporters are strongly encouraged to attend the State House Lobby Day. Use this opportunity to stand up for your Second Amendment rights at the Massachusetts State House on Saturday, July 30, at noon. Make sure that your lawmakers are aware of your opposition to the AG’s “enforcement notice.”
For more information, please visit the Gun Owners’ Action League’s website.