When you change the definition of ‘assault weapons’, you make innocent people into ‘criminals’. Hopefully this opposition will make Healey focus on the real criminals and leave law-abiding citizens alone.
Gun rights advocates in Massachusetts are turning up the heat against the state’s attorney general, who they say potentially made thousands of citizens “felons in waiting” with her recent enforcement notice that changed the legal definition of assault weapons.
The latest rally by gun rights advocates against state Attorney General Maura Healey’s change attracted hundreds of people on Monday.
The Call to Action Rally featured signs that read “Healey Hurts Families” and “We Stand With GOAL.” The Gun Owners’ Action League, or GOAL, is the Massachusetts-based Second Amendment group that organized the rally and several others in recent weeks.
Healey’s enforcement notice was posted online while the Massachusetts legislature was on break for the national party conventions. It stated that Healey’s office is “stepping up enforcement of the state’s assault weapons ban, including a crackdown on the sale of copycat weapons.”
If a weapon meets one of two criteria—the similarity or interchangeability tests—the attorney general wrote, “it is a Copy or Duplicate (and therefore a prohibited assault weapon), even if it is marketed as ‘state compliant’ or ‘Massachusetts compliant.’”
Twenty mayors have now come out in support of Healey’s action.
“As mayors from across Massachusetts, the safety and well-being of our residents and neighborhoods is our top priority. In the wake of the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub and incidents of violence against civilians and law enforcement in cities across the country, our positions demand that we speak out,” a letter sent Tuesday stated.