“This summer, [Massachusetts Attorney General] Healey angered gun rights supporters when she interpreted a ban on assault weapons to make illegal certain types of guns that are similar to assault weapons,” massive.com reports.”Around 10,000 of those so-called ‘copycat’ assault weapons were sold last year in Massachusetts . . . Healey said the ban is working, since sales of copycat assault weapons have ‘virtually stopped’ in Massachusetts.”
In remarks at a rally for [Democrat] candidates who support gun control, Ms. Healey claimed “the gun lobby” is driven by “profits not people.” She predicted that the lawsuit filed against her interpretation of the Bay State’s “assault weapons” ban — filed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation — would fail.
The attorney general criticized the National Rifle Association for saying government leaders should enforce existing gun laws rather than pass new ones. “They obviously don’t mean it because that’s exactly what I did, and they sued me,” Healey said. “But we will win.”
Or not. In any case, the Massachusetts AG’s move on gun rights shows what happens when an unconstitutional government fiat hits the road: it takes time and money to repeal. Keep that in mind re: a potential executive order on gun control from a potential Clinton administration (e.g., the “tightening” of “sporting purposes” rules for imported firearms).