Posted July 28, 2016 12:45 pm by Comments

By Jenn Jacques


In response to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s unilateral decision to ban semi-automatic weapons, both Governor Charlie Baker and his public safety secretary, Daniel Bennett, sent letters to Healey’s office on Tuesday essentially asking her to clarify herself and the details of her proposal.

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

Bennett warned that because of Haley’s confusion on the difference between automatic and semi-automatic weapons that “a large number of firearms, including pistols that have been sold here legally for decades, may be unintentionally affected.”

“Ambiguities in your notice require clarification for responsible gun owners who simply want to follow the rules and for the thousands of gun owners who were told they were following the rules for eighteen years,” Baker said in a separate letter, referencing the 1998 Massachusetts law which banned assault weapons.

Haley’s directive, which she unveiled last week, states:

The Massachusetts assault weapons ban mirrors the federal ban Congress allowed to expire in …Read the Rest

Source:: Bearing Arms

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