Massachusetts Attorney General Faces More Flak For Her Gun Ban
By Tom Knighton
Attorneys general don’t get to make laws. They enforce them, and their interpretation of those laws is also important as they decide what a law kind of means. After all, if they decide a firearm printing actually means you’re open carrying, you’re going to have a problem. Sure, the courts can reject the argument, but that starts a whole process.
On the flip side, if the attorney general decides that an attempt at concealing it is all that’s required while previous AGs felt otherwise, it can have a drastic impact on how people can carry a firearm.
But again, they don’t get to create law out of decree. Yet that’s precisely what a lawsuit alleges Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has done. Now she’s catching even more flak over her decision to reinterpret the law to encompass many guns developed specifically to comply with Massachusetts’ assault weapon ban.
Democratic attorney general Maura Healey announced on July 20, 2016, that she would be unilaterally reinterpreting the state’s decades-old assault weapons ban to expand what constitutes so-called copycat gun designs. Healey accused the gun industry of using “copycat” designs to skirt the law. She vowed to take action against “combat-style weapons.”
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Source:: Bearing Arms