Isn’t it funny how liberals constantly say they’re not coming for your guns as they do just that? You may not think this is a big deal because it’s liberal Massachusetts but think of the Bay State as the canary in the coal mine.
This move will be studied by Democrats as a test case and if it works, don’t be surprised to see the same approach used in other states.
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 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.[…]
Advocates for the gun industry warn that Healey’s ban is likely to face a legal challenge.
“You have a person that’s unilaterally changing the laws without actually going through the process, then telling licensed retailers they’re not allowed to sell something basically with no notice,” said Jim Wallace, executive director of Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts, a gun rights advocacy group. “This is going to be probably a very interesting legal challenge at some point.”
Believe it or not, even in true-blue Massachusetts this news set off a run to purchase these guns before the new rules go into effect.
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.
Next week at the Democratic convention, expect people to swear up and down that no one is coming for your guns and that no one is trying to repeal the Second Amendment. That will be a half truth.
They don’t even need to repeal the Second Amendment. All they have to do is bury it in new fees and regulations that will make it near impossible for average Americans to buy guns.
Massachusetts is just the beginning.