“The gun industry doesn’t get to decide what’s compliant.”
This week while all eyes were on the Republican National Convention, the Attorney General of Massachusetts took it upon herself to enact a new form of gun control by redefining assault weapons.
Mass AG Unilaterally Changes Gun Laws, Redefines Assault Weapon Definition
With most of the media attention on the Republican National Convention (Melania Trump’s speech)—the Massachusetts Attorney General seems to have decided to unilaterally rewrite the state’s gun laws.
The attorney general is targeting so-called copycat assault weapons (their words not mine) and would force manufacturers to stop making them and gun dealers to stop selling them. The law goes into effect on July 20. Those who have bought the firearms being targeted prior to that date will be allowed to keep them (Mass Live):
Gun manufacturers have manufactured these weapons as legal versions of prohibited guns,” Healey said. “These weapons are illegal. They are copies or duplicates of banned weapons, and they cannot be bought or sold in Massachusetts.”
“The gun industry doesn’t get to decide what’s compliant (with state law),” [Attorney General Maura] Healey said. “We do.”
Gun owners, however, said they had no notice of Healey’s interpretation of the law and were still unsure of what would be included.
Naturally, this produced the sort of run on these weapons we see every time a Democrat mentions the word gun.
The Boston Globe reported:
Gun stores see rush of business after Mass. AG plans to close loophole
Gun buyers raced to snap up military-style weapons on Wednesday as Attorney General Maura Healey moved to bar the sale of rifles that have been altered slightly to evade the state’s assault weapon ban.
“Because of this, we’re extremely busy,” said a sales associate at GFA ArmsTec, a gun shop in Natick, who added that she had to hang up to handle the crush of customers rushing to buy the assault rifles banned under Healey’s order.
Mass Firearms School in Holliston went so far as to extend its hours to 11:59 p.m. to accommodate gun enthusiasts who were anxious to make a final purchase.
“Today is your LAST DAY to purchase a semi-automatic rifle in Massachusetts!” the store wrote in an e-mail blast to its customers.
The insanity of this decision was summed up at Bearing Arms:
Massachusetts Attorney General’s Gun Control Logic Summed up in One Pie Chart:
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s gun control logic can be summed up in one amazing pie chart. It shows Ms. Healey is essentially blaming our country’s (and her state’s) violent crime problems on firearms she calls “weapons of war” that, in reality, are responsible for approximately 0.5% of all murders in the state of Massachusetts.
It’ll be very interesting to see what is said about gun control at the Democratic National Convention next week.
You know it’s going to come up.
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