BOSTON (AP) — The National Rifle Association is taking aim at Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey’s enforcement notice clarifying what constitutes a “copy” or “duplicate” weapon under the state’s assault weapons ban.

The NRA is urging its supporters to call Massachusetts lawmakers to support two bills challenging the Democratic attorney general’s notice sent to gun sellers and manufacturers last July.

One bill would remove the attorney general’s authority to regulate firearms and would repeal the previous regulations. A second bill would eliminate the term “copy” from the statute, eliminating the premise behind Healey’s actions.

Last month, gun rights activists aided by the NRA filed a lawsuit targeting the state’s 1998 assault weapons ban.

Massachusetts has some of the strictest guns laws in the country and the nation’s lowest gun death rate in 2015.

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  1. I believe the Gun Owners Action League also supports this. She’s clearly “anti-gun” and has done nothing to prevent the most recent gun deaths in Massachusetts with her “interpretations” of the law – shame on her. If we followed her logic nobody would drive cars in this state, they’re far more dangerous. I didn’t see anybody complaining after the marathon bombing when hundreds of our police were running around door to door with “assault weapons”. Licensed gun owners are just as responsible. Having a trained and well armed citizenry is like having a little cash around for national disasters – sure, your debit/credit card works great till the power goes out, then you can’t buy gas or food, unless you have cash. So in a pinch, it’s nice to have a firearm handy, they’re easier to carry than a cop and have a much quicker response time. Enough with the “Nanny-State”. We don’t all live in sight of Beacon Hill, and I really don’t need you to take care of me. I’m good, thanks.

  2. Rich Seibert says:

    New Yorks 1,000,000 new illegal gun owners..

    One million plus new felons, all armed with scary, high capacity, media labeled assault weapons!

    The deadline for New York residents to register their so called “Assault Weapons” and “High” (read standard) Capacity Magazines came and went.

    An estimated million plus, formerly law abiding, gun owners have refused to comply with Cuomo and down state Democrat’s naive belief that the NY Safe Act, passed in a so called emergency session of the New York legislature, could force free people to register their hard earned property.

    And who can blame these once lawful gun owners, with a president that picks and chooses which laws he will follow or enforce, as well as an Federal Attorney General that operates daily with a Contempt of Congress charge and gun running scandal, “Fast & Furious”, hanging over his head. Why should the average New York joe, bother to follow the law, especially when it is in direct conflict with the Constitution of the United States, the one true law of the land.

  3. Reg Hafner says:

    There is no such thing as an assault rifle. The term was started by a drunken sot named Kennedy and a hippy magazine editor.

  4. Rich Seibert says:

    Dear NRA…..
    Stop “negotiating” excuses to INFRINGE on OUR RIGHTS.

    If there must be background checks, let’s try this idea…….
    Are there any ‘legislators’ that are interested in a Constitutional Background Check?

    Since SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED means exactly that..

    Let’s try a “Background Check” that DOES NOT INFRINGE on anybodies RIGHTS…
    A FULL, IN DEPTH background check for ALL Politicians, Bureaucrats, and ALL government employees, and set MINIMAL INTELLIGENCE, JOB SKILLS AND CHARACTER QUALITIES that must be met before they can run for office, be appointed or hired.

    That way, WE, THE PEOPLE, get a much better class of politicians and bureaucrats, as well as EMPLOYEES that can be trained to do the jobs they are being hired for.

    Any bets on how hard the political class will fight to prevent it?

    THAT would be a Background Check that nearly ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS will support and I don’t much care if the illegals and their sycophants don’t like the idea.

  5. The last words heard in the White House every night “Not tonight dear, oh, and I have your handgun!” Brevity aside, yeah they’re trying to felon us out in Ma. too. Problem is they make gun laws and nobody enforces them hence our current dilemma with illegal guns in the hands of criminals. Who’s fault is that eh? It’s at testament to law abiding gun owners that they choose to fight these chunks of devil donuts in the court system and not just ignore them like the bad guys.

  6. Three important things that the article fail to mention:
    1. In MA, according to the latest FBI stats, there have been ZERO deaths due to AR-15 style rifles. ZERO.
    2. Firearm related crimes spike upwards in MA after every new gun control law that that is passed.
    3. In Boston, police will not arrest someone for shooting someone else, per Boston magazine “Boston is a shooter’s paradise” article. They just don’t arrest shooters, yet the state legislature passes more and more laws that criminals will not obey to “address the gun crimes.” ENFORCE THE LAWS ON THE BOOKS FIRST before passing more gun laws.
    4. In 1974 MA passed “Bartley Fox,” which was, at the time, the nation’s toughest gun control law. It states that if you are a felon in possession of a firearm (a felony, by the way) or if you were caught with an unregistered pistol in MA, that you would do one year in jail, no questions asked. It’s been enforced less than a handful of times since 1974. It’s a joke and the criminals know it.
    5. How about addressing heroin, the REAL killer in MA? Stop chasing crimes that don’t exist and spend the time and money going after a real killer? Yet heroin won’t be addressed because gun control captures the headlines and is sexier for liberals. Going after real problems is too tough for liberalism.

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