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Fri Oct 14, 2016, 05:13 PM

 

AG Maura Healey: We will win gun lawsuit

Source: MassLive

BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey on Friday predicted that she will win a lawsuit filed by a national gun rights group over her interpretation of the state's assault weapons ban.

This summer, 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. Around 10,000 of those so-called "copycat" assault weapons were sold last year in Massachusetts.

The lawsuit, filed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and four gun shops, argues that Healey's interpretation of the law violates due process and is "unconstitutionally vague, invalid and unenforceable."

Healey spoke Friday at a rally on Boston Common urging voters to cast ballots Nov. 8 for candidates who support gun control.

Read more: http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/10/ag_maura_healey_we_will_win_gu.html

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Reply AG Maura Healey: We will win gun lawsuit (Original post)
SecularMotion Oct 2016 OP
Judi Lynn Oct 2016 #1
yallerdawg Oct 2016 #2
beevul Oct 2016 #6
patsimp Oct 2016 #3
ileus Oct 2016 #4
machoneman Oct 2016 #5
One_Life_To_Give Oct 2016 #7
Eleanors38 Oct 2016 #8
friendly_iconoclast Dec 2019 #9

Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Fri Oct 14, 2016, 05:17 PM

1. Time to head toward civilization. n/t

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Fri Oct 14, 2016, 05:27 PM

2. What the NRA and the minions really mean:

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."

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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 05:37 PM

6. That is some bait and switch right there. WOW.

 

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."


Yes, that. Bait and switch.

It wasn't the national rifle association who sued her, the lawsuit was filed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and four gun shops. It says so right in the article.


Healy seems to be proceeding from a presumption that people are stupid, and so apparently, do you. That or you swallowed it hook line and sinker and let your bias against the hated gun do the driving rather than your reading eye and your thinking brain. In short: Because gunz.


I'm not sure which is worse.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 08:18 AM

3. kick

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 08:25 AM

4. Hopefully the people can win this one.

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Response to ileus (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 08:34 AM

5. I agree but...

The article should have, for me at least, better defined how she is interpreting the law. For example, what are these copycat weapons? It interesting that a AR-15 type weapon is described as an assault rifle by the press and most of us. Yet in a Bass Pro Shop flyer some of what looks like hand guns have attached plastic or wooden stocks, long screw-on barrels and other attachments that make then look like an assault-styled weapon. Is this what the AG has banned from sale?

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sun Oct 16, 2016, 03:10 AM

7. As the Tsarnaev brothers had to Murder a cop

in an attempt to obtain a second firearm. I am not sure the Commonwealth is the place that really needs much in the way of additional gun laws.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Tue Oct 18, 2016, 05:40 PM

8. Healey: Arch drug warrior, cooperating with GOPer governor. Phew!

 

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 05:05 AM

9. UPDATE: Healy has backed down, and now acknowledges the legality of those rifles

 

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https://www.nssf.org/nssf-welcomes-massachusetts-ags-enforcement-notice-clarification


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearms industry trade association, accepts Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s agreement to clarify the Enforcement Notice that included “’Copies’ or ‘Duplicates’ of the Enumerated Weapons.” The Attorney General’s agreement to clarify this notice effectively ends the legal challenge by NSSF, Pullman Arms of Worcester, Mass., along with three other Massachusetts firearms retailers.

“We are pleased this matter has come to a successful resolution,” said Lawrence G. Keane, Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs and General Counsel for NSSF. “We sought clarification to the Enforcement Notice to allow firearms retailers to know exactly what the law stated and ensure they were operating within the confines of that law. For two and a half years, these business owners were left in the dark and today, they finally have the clear answers they sought.”

In 2016 Attorney General Healey charged that firearms retailers were violating the intent of a state law against so-called “assault weapons” by making small tweaks to certain firearms and issued the Enforcement Notice. The Notice warned retailers those so-called “copies” or “duplicates” of the firearms specifically listed in the state law were illegal for sale.

NSSF and the stores had to file the case to challenge the Notice because it was too vague to apply. The complaint identified the difficulties in applying the Notice to listed firearms after the Attorney General’s office ignored multiple requests to clarify the Notice as to those firearms. The Office did not take steps to clarify the notice for two and a half years, and only recently notified the Plaintiffs that the listed firearms are not illegal “assault weapons.” The Office agreed to amend the Notice after NSSF prevailed against multiple motions designed to dismiss or stall the case. Because the Notice has been clarified, the goals for the case have been achieved, and there is nothing else to fight about in this action.


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