Mass Governor Tells The AG To Put The Brakes On “Assault Weapon” Ban Law

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Blogging about laws are generally not much fun but sometimes the impact on our little corner of the universe is noteworthy and unavoidable. Back on July 20th Pete blogged about the Attorney General of Massachusetts’ clarification as to what they consider “copy” or “duplicate weapons to those that are already prohibited by current state law. Governor Charlie Baker and his Public Safety Secretary, Daniel Bennett, sent letters to the AG with a simple request to clarify her position.

Secretary Bennett went on in his letter to say “There is a great deal of uncertainty as to which weapons you consider to be assault weapons” in his two-page letter. “This uncertainty could easily lead to uneven application of the law … and it would be in the best interest of all involved to have additional clarity.”

Bennet seems to be inferring that the Attorney General was not clear on the distinction between semi-automatic modern sporting rifles and true, fully automatic assault rifles. He even went on to say that “a large number of firearms, including pistols that have been sold here legally for decades, may be unintentionally affected.”

Haley’s directive that was unveiled last week states the following:

The Massachusetts assault weapons ban mirrors the federal ban Congress allowed to expire in 2004. It prohibits the sale of specific weapons like the Colt AR-15 and AK-47 and explicitly bans “copies or duplicates” of those weapons. But gun manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to define what a “copy” or “duplicate” weapon is. They market “state compliant” copycat versions of their assault weapons to Massachusetts buyers. They sell guns without a flash suppressor or folding or telescoping stock, for example, small tweaks that do nothing to limit the lethalness of the weapon.

That will end now. On Wednesday, we are sending a directive to all gun manufacturers and dealers that makes clear that the sale of these copycat assault weapons is illegal in Massachusetts. With this directive, we will ensure we get the full protection intended when lawmakers enacted our assault weapons ban, not the watered-down version of those protections offered by gun manufacturers.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

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  • DC

    Patrick, the governor has ‘expressed concerns’ and has not done much beyond that. The decree still stands and the letters, many of them, have gone unanswered. The governors letter is frankly quite weak Bennets letter is however very good as is the letter from 81 members of the MA House as well as the letter from the MA judiciary committee.

    Suggesting the governor is stopping this action is I would argue not 100% accurate.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      If they are receiving that number of letters maybe there is a chance the ban itself could get repealed?

      • DC

        There is pretty much a 0% probability of the MA AWB from being shot down. We HAD a shot to eliminate the ‘copy cat’ and named gun ban in the AWB but the session closed last week with no action. It would probably have passed if legislative leadership would have allowed a vote.

        Speaker Deleo has indicated that the courts must decide, which leaves the impression that he will not allow a vote when they reconvene in January(?).

        Best bet is via Comm2A and national orgs. If there has ever been an opportunity to get SCOTUS to rule such a law unconstitutional this is it, nobody knows what is banned and it may be all semi auto firearms are now banned.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          If Hillary wins we don’t want her nominees making and ruling and the with Trump only time will tell. I feel sorry for you guys in Mass. Don’t leave though keep fighting the good fight. We should have people moving into restrictive states to change laws not moving out.

          • DC

            Yes I do agree. A lawsuit needs to be carefully considered and done in concert with national orgs. If a rogue attorney/individual tries to attack this independently of Comm2A and national orgs it could end badly for everyone.

            The good news is the MA organization, Comm2A, that takes action in the courts is extremely qualified.

          • Sermon 7.62

            US is a mental hospital. Nurse Ratched for President.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Yeah, lucky you Russians dont have to worry about things like “laws” and “elections”.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Is this information from CNN or Fox? Russians practiced democratic elections and referendums since 1136, according to the docs. In fact, since earlier times. Read about Novgorod veche, ignoramus.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Sounds like somebody doesnt want an extra helping of Polonium 210 in their Lucky Charms.

            #putinrulesdictatorforlifeyall

          • Sermon 7.62

            Putin? Nurse Ratched is going to take care of him!

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Is “One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest” the only thing available on Russian Netflix?
            You make that joke in every comment.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Netflix is for Yankees. Russians get the same for free.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Im glad you enjoy our American movies.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Sometimes. But since 99% of them are stupid, I prefer European ones.

          • El Duderino

            In Russia, you don’t go to mental hospital. Mental hospital comes to you!

          • Voice from East

            Democratic elections and referendums? Ha. Ha. Ha. There is no such things since centuries. And worst things is coming.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Not true.

          • Voice from East

            Where are you from?

          • Sermon 7.62

            A lot of places

          • Voice from East

            So, person from “lot of places” tells to local person what is true and what is not about democracy and referendums in Russia. Nice try. I’m highly recommended redo your homework.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Yes, I can tell you something about that, because unlike you I also know what it’s like in other countries.

          • Voice from East

            According this statement, I consider you never been in Russia and/or have no idea how life runs here. Switch the channels more often. Don’t believe in fairy tales. Redo your homework.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Hahaha! Uncle Pudding certainly doesn’t seem to worry about them.

          • toms

            Or ability to purchase most semi-auto anythings. Russian gun laws suck worse than taxachusetts or Masshole.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I know, right?
            Like I need some commie lecturing me about civil liberty.
            Im from f-cking Texas.

          • mazkact

            Galveston county here. TEXIT Baby.Secession is fun to talk about ain’t it. I’d like to think it could work.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Houston Heights here.
            Yeah its nice to contemplate just saying later to the whole sh-t show.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            I’ve played every scenario in my head over and over and I can see it going so many different ways. Trump is either the craziest man or the smartest man ever when it comes to running a campaign and I’m not sure which. He may be a genius in getting the establishment to attack him.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            “He may be a genius in getting the establishment to attack him.”

            How is that, exactly?
            So your theory is that he is just pretending to be a lying, racist, loudmouth, moron with no plan and zero idea about whats going on in the world?

          • Cory C

            Haha.

          • Sermon 7.62

            I’m not surprised that Trump is so hated. Most Yankees need to be put in a mad house and treated. This is the reason that Nurse Ratched is so popular and he is not. Free medicine!

          • Harry’s Holsters

            He does lack tack and good manners that I have found are unique to the South.

          • Sermon 7.62

            But he is sincere and he speaks his mind. I appreciate that.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            It funny how a billionaire understands the american people more than the average politician. He’s spent years on constructions sites. It’s a dog eat dog world where you will learn more than you can even imagine. You learn about the best and worst of people on those job sites.

          • Bill

            I don’t think he understands the American people at all, but he definitely understands how to sell smoke and mirrors and pandering to what people want to hear.

            I doubt his time spent on construction sites was carrying hods or planting rebar.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Even if he’s just selling smoke and mirrors he still understands the nerves he need to hit to sell his brand. Think on that.

          • Bill

            I have thought on that, that’s the problem. Other leaders who have hit the nerve they need to sell their brands include Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, a bunch of North Koreans, Castro, that beanbag Hugo Chavez who ran Venezuela into the ground…

            I’m not a single-issue voter, and my life doesn’t center around whether or not I can have a dozen ARs or had to make do with the ones I already have. Neither of these choices is good, but I have to go with the lesser of two evils. Remember, Drumpf can’t keep his multiple stories straight, and has flip-flopped so many times on so many things an actual human being would have spinal damage. While he’s said he’s pro-2A, who knows what he’ll say by noon. Think on that.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            His sons especially Donald Jr are pro 2A. If not they are doing an extremely good job of faking it. He’s commented on gun companies profiles large and small and can actually talk guns. I personally don’t think Trump Sr. gives a damn about guns either way. It’s his son’s views that give me confidence in his stance. The only two issues Trump actually cares about are economics and security. Within those you can include education. Everything else he just has to have a stance on for the election and then will refer to trusted advisors for complete advice 99% of the time.

            The same could be said of Obama from what you are saying above and I think he’s more likely to want dictator status than Trump. I’ve read plenty of editorials comparing Trump to Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini and none have backed up their claimed. I mean frankly we can put Bill Clinton in the mix. To run for such a high political office you have to be a varying degree of psychopath. The thing with Trump is he is telling it like it is and is running an open campaign. Look at the veteran giving him a purple heart. This clearly wasn’t planned. A campaign can be a fairly controlled environment if you want it to be but being president isn’t. Trump rolls with what is thrown at him and gets out there making himself open to the people. Hillary doesn’t do that but it will be a reality of being president. Not making herself open to the public but having to deal with situations as soon as they arise.

          • Bill

            I’m no fan of Hillary, but she’s BTDT at least.

            So we aren’t electing trump, but a mysterious cabal of “trusted advisers,” who can’t seem to advise him to not say stupid and/or borderline Unconstitutional or criminal stuff. Who cares what his kids think, they aren’t on the ballot, nor do we have a dynastic or royalty based government.

            We’re pretty much boned either way, but I’m not drinking the Trunp koolaid, unless he gets elected and I can find a comfy place to lay down. Or I’m emigrating to Nunavut.

          • Sermon 7.62

            American elections is a one billion dollar spectacle. American presidents are talking heads. It’s the Bilderberg Club and the Federal Reserve bankers and the CIA, that rule America. But Americans are too naive to understand that.

          • Bill

            Spectacle? Like a May Day parade, or standing in line to look at the dessicated, mummified corpse of a Great Comrade Leader?

            You’re wrong, everyone knows that the US is run by the Trilateral Commission and Freemasons, taking orders from the cryogenically frozen head of Walt Disney.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Right. All this conspirologic bullcrap is for idiots. Smart people don’t believe in it.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            The word is “tact”.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            You have to understand their is a huge portion of the country who are not normally politically active that a fed up. They hate anything establishment and Trump is the opposite of establishment.

            He lies as much as Hillary and a lot of his “lies” are rounding up or down numbers and small misquotes. Most of his “lies” are also on inconsequential things. I just watched one of her full 30 minute speeches this morning and she’s saying the same thing as Trump for the most part. Bring jobs back to america from china, make our infrastructure better etc… And she doesn’t say how she’ll do it and refers to her website the same as trump. The only difference is there is even less specific info on her site than trumps. Most of the wording is so broad it will work for politician in any campaign for any party. Yet she doesn’t get held to the same standard as Trump. Trump is far from perfect but he lies probably less than any of us would if we were as open as he is in front of the whole country. The only thing that shows he’s racist/sexist/whatever are the headlines of articles. If you actually look into the accusations they fall apart. That’s not a good story though so it doesn’t sell.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            “He’s not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He’s not going
            to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it
            down. You can take it anywhere you want,” he told George Stephanopoulos
            on ABC’s “This Week.” When the host pointed out to Trump that Putin was
            already in the Ukraine, Trump responded, “Ok, well, he’s there in a
            certain way.” Regarding Crimea, a part of the Ukraine which Russia has
            occupied, he said: “the people of Crimea, from what I’ve heard, would
            rather be with Russia than where they were.”

            That is from an interview on Monday. Let that sink in.
            He didnt know that Russia invaded Ukraine two years ago.
            Vote however you want but I pay attention.
            And I suppose you have an excuse for why Trump ridiculed John McCains capture and torture by the North Vietnamese?
            This guy has been a sore on the ass of the country ever since he started making noise in the 80’s.
            Im no fan of Hillary but im voting for her and you know who is to blame? Republicans.
            Maybe if they had spent the last eight years cultivating decent candidates and coming up with better ideas instead of making up bullsh-t about birth certificates they wouldnt have had their as-es handed to them.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Crimea would rather be a part of Russia and Russia isn’t “officially” in Ukraine. When you hear Hillary or Obama talking they will not say Russia is in Ukraine. They will say they are involved and don’t approve of their involvement but they won’t accuse them of having direct military action. Heck we have military advisors and support on the other side so did we invade Ukraine? It’s a little bit of a cold war type battle with neither side admitting what is going on.

            Trump is easy to criticize but the things people criticize about him are mind blowing. People are more concerned with criticizing him than listening to what he says. We live in a grey world where it’s extremely easy to take things out of context and people willingly do that to the fullest extend possible.

            The John McCain thing was in poor taste, but I personally believe McCain is ineffective and has been nursing that horrible experience during the war for everything it’s worth. He has taken a position of speaking for veterans yet made very little progress if any in improving their situation.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Nice try, your candidate is ignorant of major world events and cries like a baby over any slight (real or imagined).

          • Ondřej Tůma

            Btw, column on how Trump actually despises gun owners* has brought me to a Timeline of Donald’s opinions on guns. Did you know that he was in favor of the Assault weapon ban; that he supported Obama in the post-Newton gun-ban-frenzy; and supported gun-bans for anyone on the No-Fly-List?

            I wouldn’t consider such a 180°-rotating politician trustworthy. We have one such and it’s terrible, he’s just after his own personal power and essentially seeks to be a King with all the repressive and secret agencies serving his personal goals.

            * www*slate*com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/08/trump_s_joke_about_second_amendment_people_was_targeting_gun_owners_too*html

          • Ondřej Tůma

            So, few facts: Putin himself has recently acknowledged that Crimea was occupied in a military operation of the Russian Army. Previously, he handed out medals for the annex to Russian soldiers. Russian soldiers in full brand-new Ratnik gear were involved in direct military action against Ukraine military.

            As for the Donbas (Ukraine), Russia doesn’t limit itself to “advisors”: brand-new T-72B3 MBTs with notable SOSNA-U thermographic gunner sight, which no other nation on Earth had regularly introduced into service at the time, were actively fighting against ukrainan T-64, burnt-out turret of T-72B3 in Ukraine’s Ilovaisk was displayed on Russia’s own RT and column of T-72B3s on Ukraine was filmed by the separatist’s own youtube channel. Russian tanker was rescued and captured from burning T-72B1 engaged in a firefight against Ukraine army’s T-64BM, acknowledged he was active duty Russian army sent to fight in Ukraine, and Russian MOD confirmed he’s theirs! Also, Russia has boasted on it’s own Rusvesna that 9K331 Tor M-1 SAM has shot down a battlefield ballistic missile in Donbas, and Ukraine never had any 9K331, only Russia has, so again, direct fighting involvement by the Russian Army. And least but not last, Russian Pancir S-1 was filmed in ukraine’s Lugansk, Dozor-M russian C4ISTAR was filmed in Lugansk, several russian Orlan UAVs were shot down there etc.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Sources? I’ve seen lots of similar reports that have been very hard to verify and lots of grainy video and photos.

          • Ondřej Tůma

            I’ve replied to you with VGA/HD sources – not grainy at all 😉 -, but it is awaiting approval from TFB mods.

          • Dan

            I’m telling you guys. President Trump will be the first President in a long time that will finally get congress to put aside their differences and work together. Both sides hate him and would do everything possible to contain his lunacy.

          • Norm Glitz

            Dumb!!!

          • Bill

            He’s provided me boatloads of material to use in interrogation and statement analysis classes. There’s also a huge portion of the population that has never practiced critical thinking.

            Given 2 bad choices, he’s the worse.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            If you would think critically you would look deeper into the candidate and see that is not true. Hillary is a corporate pawn who claims to be otherwise and will create irreversible damage with her supreme court justices nominations. The idea that one president can cause so much damage through their policies is naive as they need the house and senate to complete their goals. They can cause damage that is easily created and reversed through executive orders. This election is about the new supreme court justices. Granted we don’t know who Trump will pick but we do have an idea of who Hillary would pick. Think on that. People might go crazy and say crazy thing but at the end of the day we all need each other and the International community still needs the US and will deal with us.

          • desertcelt

            Anyone who runs against a democRat gets branded as a racist. Whether it were Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee or Marco Rubio, it would be the same shrill accusation. Squealing racism is all they know.

          • Sermon 7.62

            I don’t see it like that. He is being attacked by the media in Europe too, all the time. Except the RT, the Russian channel, all others are dissing him, all these liberal maniacs, BBC, Radio Freedom, all of them. He is hated for real.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Yeah I’ve got cousins who live over there for school and they hate him. But my parents have friends who a born and raised Brits. They are also successful business people who run their own business. You have to understand their is a huge portion of the country who are not normally politically active that a fed up. They hate anything establishment and Trump is the opposite of establishment.

          • Sermon 7.62

            That’s right. He is an insurgent of a rare kind.

          • Ondřej Tůma

            Trump is embodiment of Jacksonian values. Which is kinda opposite of Jeffersonian, tragically.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Which values are you referring to regarding each president? Voting?

          • Ondřej Tůma

            Democracy/mob rule and it’s limits, human rights/Constitution, whether the cause sanctions the means or not, power of state, power of military, justice system, etc.

          • Bill

            I’m sure of which he is.

          • DC

            Look at that. NSSF just announce they are suing.

          • ft

            It don’t work. I’m moving to Maine.
            F-Ma. and all Ma. lawmakers, except for a very small handful,like Don Humanson. He’s one of the good ones.

          • Norm Glitz

            Yes!!!

        • ft

          The Speaker says it will have to go to the Court. Only problem is that the MA. Supreme Court is very anti gun and anti 2nd amendment. They even rule 180 degrees opposite the US Supreme Court on some gun issues.
          Ma. residents are so screwed because they have not nearly enough law makers that are pro Constitution.
          Ma. is mostly made up of limp wristed , pitiful, pathetic, spineless, gutless law makers who really need to get some sort of a wake up call, like their doors being kicked in at 2AM and their families terrorized. Then and only then will they truly understand what self protection is all about.
          Look at Warren and Markey. That’s pretty much what the rest of the state law makers are like.

    • ft

      WTF. Patrick is NOT the Governor anymore.

      • DC

        I was referring to the author, his name is Patrick.

  • DaveP.

    What is known as “Hedging your bets”. If the DA’s powergrab gets reversed, the guv will say, “I had my questions… I was right there with ya, guys!”. If the grab gets upheld, the guv can say, “…but even though I had questions, I didn’t reverse her because it was the right thing to do!”. Either way, I wouldn’t expect anything more energetic than this letter to come out of the Governor’s office.

    • aka_mythos

      The Governor is likely also giving the AG wiggle room and an “out” to back up the train without looking 100% foolish. Before the AG would have been cornered into to saying “I was stupid and wrong” in many more words, which means the AG would never say it. Now the AG can make it out as appeasing the concerns of a higher authority.

      • DataMatters

        I’d still like to wring that cop’s stupid neck–he stood up there and lied out his cockholster about getting delayed on a NICS check and then sucks up to those a-holes, all for a pension! What a giant douche! The police in this country are going to have to decide between enforcing unjust laws or keeping the peace, but they aren’t going to have both.

    • n0truscotsman

      Typical political slimeball move. This is the same impression I got.

    • truthsayer

      Two steps forward, one step back—an old trick

    • kevin77355

      The Gov should just fire her for over reaching and sadition the appoint a 2nd supporting DA.

  • DC

    Updated AG letter came out today including this. Clear as mud. No idea where the assertions that a 5 round mag has anything to do with MA law come from, because it is not illustrated in MA law.

    ” Q: Are there examples
    or categories of weapons that are not assault weapons? Yes. Many rifles,
    shotguns, and pistols are not assault weapons, and therefore are not
    copies or duplicates” of enumerated assault weapons. For example, the
    following are not assault weapons under G.L. c. 140, 121: Any of the
    hundreds of rifles and shotguns listed on this list —Appendix A to 18
    U.S.C. 922, as appearing on September 13, 1994; Any weapon that is
    operated by manual bolt, pump, lever, or slide action; Any weapon that
    is an antique, relic, or theatrical prop; Any semiautomatic rifle that
    cannot accept a detachable magazine that holds more than five rounds of
    ammunition; Any semiautomatic shotgun that cannot hold more than five
    rounds of ammunition in a fixed or detachable magazine. This list is not
    exhaustive; it is meant for illustrative purposes only. Many other
    weapons are not assault weapons or copies or duplicates” of assault
    weapons.”

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Glad we got that cleared up.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      “For example, the following are not assault weapons under G.L. c. 140, 121… ..Any weapon that is operated by manual bolt, pump, lever, or slide action;…”

      Just make a semiautomatic rifle that has an op rod that connects to a slide, pump, or lever. The bolt was the only one listed as being “manual”. Besides, what does “manual” mean anyway?

      • KestrelBike

        Just tar and feather that POS.

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          I’m a fan of that option as well.

    • cwp

      Well, I guess the Garand is still legal. Until she “clarifies” that magazine actually includes en-bloc clips.

      • The shoestring with a metal ring at the end next to the Garand, however, is an illegal machine gun.

  • DC

    NSSF is suing the MA AG, just announced.

  • Joseph Goins

    I don’t understand why everyone has difficulty figuring out what is banned in Massachusetts. It is the exact same as the Clinton ban (bans specifically listed firearms, copies/duplicates of those firearms, and firearms with certain cosmetic features). The only thing she did is define copy and duplicate of the enumerated firearms are by using a two part test: similarity and interchangeability.

    Moreover, it does not apply to non-semiautomatic weapons with a detachable magazine (including the Troy Pump Action Rifle), semiautomatics with a non detachable magazine, or semiautomatics that are “featureless.” You could go to Massachusetts and buy an IWI Tavor if they shipped them with a non-threaded, crowned barrel. It would only have one feature (a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon) and is clearly not a copy of an enumerated weapon.

    Source: http://www . mass . gov/ago/public-safety/awbe.html

    (I am not in any way agreeing with the OAG’s opinion. I believe her actions are deliberately arbitrary with the goal of restricting firearms under the Second Amendment and would be struck down in court if someone put their money were there mouth is and filed a suit. I guess the Massachusetts gun culture is all talk and no show.)

    • gunsandrockets

      If you take the AG “similarity of operation” definition at face value, that bans almost all semi-automatic shotguns, and almost all semi-automatic handguns and rifles which use a detachable magazine.

      • Joseph Goins

        To which: it cannot impact “almost all” because semiautomatic firearms meet a separate definitions. BCMs, Noveskes, M&P15s, DDM4s, etc. are clear copies of the AR-15 with nothing more than cosmetic differences. Other guns (like the Tavor, the SCAR, and 805 Bren) are not banned. Dealers could sell them tomorrow if their manufacturers made them with fixed stocks (the Tavor is already “fixed”) and no threaded barrels or pinned and welded compensators or muzzle brakes.

        I mean this in jest: the people of Massachusetts should be thankful that they are forced experience the wider MSR market that someone like me in Virginia would never do although I probably should.

        • DC

          “Other guns (like the Tavor, the SCAR, and 805 Bren) are not banned. ”

          Nobody knows that.

  • Joseph Goins

    And we have our first lawsuit (1) courtesy of the National Shooting Sports Foundation!!! There is no redeeming part of Massachusetts’s gun culture. Because GOAL and Comm2A failed to “put up or shut up,” their leadership needs to resign.

    While I applaud Smith and Wesson for spending $500,000 on voter education programs (2), they should have used that money to sent Massachusetts a message and move out of the state. Six million in tax losses (3) would have a better longterm effect than some simple education programs that aren’t likely to sway anyone.

    Source 1: http://www . nssfblog . com/nssf-to-challenge-attorney-general-healeys-enforcement-notice-in-legal-action/

    Source 2: http://www . guns . com/2016/08/04/smith-and-wesson-drops-500k-into-nssf-bucket-citing-maura-healey/

    Source 3: http://ir . smith-wesson . com/phoenix.zhtml?c=90977&p=irol-fundincomea

    • DC

      “Because GOAL and Comm2A failed to “put up or shut up,” their leadership needs to resign.”

      Utterly ridiculous considering you have no idea who is working with NSSF on this lawsuit and GOAL has done their job, tho failed, in pursuing action via the legislature GOAL is barred by their charter to pursue legal action.

    • M1911

      You are truly mistaken on this. GOAL and Comm2a have been consulting closely with all the national organizations, including the NRA and NSSF to determine how best to challenge this regulation.

      It takes time to develop a lawsuit Ipif you want a chance at winning. And it is best not to telegraph your punches — that is why little has been said by the interested parties about the grounds they will use to sue the AG.

  • ProLiberty82

    “They sell guns without a flash suppressor or folding or telescoping stock” “that do nothing to limit the lethalness of the weapon”, this moron just defeated his own logic and proves why an “assault weapons” ban won’t work, any gun that fires a bullet is lethal and any removing “assult features” won’t make it any less lethal. They’d have to ban all guns in that case, but that’s the plan anyways.

  • “unintentional’

    Yeah, right.

  • Smedley54

    This certainly does illustrate how poorly informed the original ban was. But clarifying a poorly written law with a rash and poorly thought out legal opinion that veers into legislating is startlingly bad judgement.

    • FarmerB

      It wasn’t poorly informed. These people are practiced in the art of politics. They knew it was easy to get a ban on Ak and nasty looking assault rifles. So, they ban ’em by name, then by feature. Next is the left over “evil gun industry workarounds that are deadly as assault weapons”. Then it’ll be all semi-autos. Even in Australia, where all semi-auto rifles and shotguns were basically banned, the fact that handguns were not completely banned at the same time is being touted as a loophole.

  • Meanwhile, according to the FBI’s recently released violent crime statistics for 2014, rifles of all kinds were only used in 2%of homicides, same as in 2013 and 2012.

    It’s almost as if this “opinion” is nothing more than fearmongering and paranoia-baiting.

  • natshare

    Really sad, that the birthplace of our Revolution, has become the land of “Stay inside your homes, for your own safety!” SMH

  • Mystick

    Wait wait…. if the lack of flash suppressors, folding stocks, etc “do nothing to limit the lethality of these weapons”, why are they such a big deal to these lawmakers as to be benchmarks to define an “assault” weapon under many jurisdictions?

    I smell shenanigans. You can’t have it both ways and remain credible.

  • ft

    I live in Ma. I assure you, the brakes have NOT been put on on this AG “law” which is exactly what it is. If you disobey it, you will find out quickly that it is HER MAJESTY’S LAW.
    Gov. Bakers not pro 2nd Amendment. Just another politician who takes a sworn oath of office, then turns right around and tries to destroy the very meaning of the oath and parts of the US Constitution.
    As for AG Healey, she just REFUSED to obey a CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENA, which is actually a jailable offense at max.
    On one hand she dictates NEW laws all by herself, with zero legislative input then she REFUSES to obey a lawful CONGRESSIONAL order to provide evidence in another Congressional matter.
    Healey really is a piece of twisted work, and Baker lets her get away with it.
    Some gun dealers don’t even know what they can and can’t sell. It “could” even apply to semi auto pistols, depending on who you talk to and how its take it.
    There is no clarification on which guns this law applies to. Its just a “if it works this way, it may be illegal and so we will say it is illegal”.
    There is nothing in Ma. that is Commonwealth like or anything less than a dictatorship as far as Ma. Government goes. Lawmakers in Ma. are some of the most anti 2nd Amendment and anti Constitutional lawmakers in the nation. They hold up their hand and swear under oath to protect and honor the Constitution then immediately begin working on ways to take away peoples rights and the think, the hell with the Constitution.

  • El Rico

    America’s Cops need to wake up… theres talk even now about checking off and leaving their firearms locked safely away at the Station… hows that for you guys!!… and once you retire, you should not have a permit to carry since you are all off your rockers after doing 25 yrs service… dont’cha know this??? Are you all that dumb? So have at it… screw law abiding Citizens… in time you too will be included in the defenseless society. You put away allot of bad guys for 10 to 20…. so it’ll be right about now that they will be back on the streets and you’ll be sitting at home behind locked doors and having NOTHING at all to defend you and yours… period. Wake Up!

  • OLDNAVYVET

    Putting it off until the elections are over.

  • Norm Glitz

    This comment section sure deteriorated into Russian namecalling.
    Nothing like staying on topic!

  • carlcasino

    My take is THIS medium will be the only voice of reason in just a couple more years. The Main(LAME) Stream media ABC,CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, etal and the Written Progressive Rags NYTimes, etc are no longer capable of reporting the News and their Bias on anything Constitutional is apparent. They have influenced millions of people who are now convinced that Socialism is the wave of the FUTURE. This is what happens when Academia quits teaching History and starts advocating. Lenin called them Useful Idiots and they now control what is taught and allowed to be published. This election will be the tipping point the Georgia Senator was concerned about when he was worried about too many Marines being deployed to Guam. It might cause the Island to tip over and drown all the natives. This is the mentality that now permeates American Voters. No knowledge, just carrying out the indoctrination as presented by the U.S. Government. Vote in November if you believe America should survive as a Republic. If not PLEASE pull a Megan McCain and stay home.

  • Patrick ONeil

    On a positive note, the new law and the AG has turned all the already owned banned weapons into banks. Even your $400 cheap pre_ban AR is now worth at least 3x what you paid for it. Your STANDARD mags, previously worth maybe $20 or so are now also worth 3-4x as much. The AG has turned your firearms into very valuable commodities.

  • WRBuchanan

    This Mass. Law is the exact reason why states should not be allowed to regulate guns or any other Bill of Rights issue. They don’t know what they are doing and are just trying to do something!
    There is too many BS Laws concerning Gun Types, Gun Ownership, Gun Transporting, Gun Carrying, Magazine Restrictions,,, blah blah ad infinitum.
    The fact that a state might be totally controlled by one side of the political aisle is a big problem in this country. You simply can’t have 49% of the people being trampled on. but when it comes to Bill of Rights Amendments, they should be carved in stone!
    No state should have the right to regulate any Bill of Rights issue. The reason why is today they all want to ban guns, is so that tomorrow they can regulate or ban Free Speech, or your Rights on Search and Seizure, or whatever they want.
    The reason why they are picking at the 2 A is so they can do so with impunity.
    The whole subject of Gun Control needs to be reverted back to the GCA of 1968 and not allowed to go any further. I’ll give up Full Auto, and barrels shorter than 16″, but beyond that,,, They need hands off the guns. Way too many other things they could do to reduce crime in this country, but the Democrats won’t allow them as they would lose control of their stupid people..
    No gun law ever passed has stopped any criminal for doing anything. and that is the only fact that maters when it comes to Gun Control and it is the only fact that is provable. All their statistics are nothing but spin or more properly BS.

  • Joseph L. Frechette

    The Governor has no power over the Attorney General.
    She was elected into office just like him.
    All he can do is encourage the legislature to act.
    Good luck with that.
    I drove into Massachusetts while I was at West Point. Couldn’t get out fast enough.

  • Some random guy

    I bought my AR15 when they were on sale at Christmas. It is just a matter of time that politicians find some way to enact the assault weapons ban again. I have stocked up on magazines and I am slowly stocking up on ammo.

  • The Brigadier

    I wonder when the AG will get around to bolt action hunting rifles because of their lethality. Any rifle is lethal. That is what they were invented for. Massachusetts is another ultra-lib state and I hope their population is reduced substantially by people moving away just like in Michigan.