MA AG Healey Attacks Gun Owners Again; Confuses Assault Weapon Definition

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

Adding to the insult, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has confused the issue and offered little guidance that help residents sort out which firearms have been banned and which are legal. Recently, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey added to the confusion caused by her decision to unilaterally ban common semi-automatic firearms by releasing a list of “Guns That Are Not Assault Weapons.” In other words, she decided to independently, once again, confuse law-abiding citizens about a law that has existed for nearly two decades with another “opinion” that has little to do with the law itself.

Here is the full report from the NRA-ILA: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey As we have reported, Healey’s original “enforcement notice,” conveniently released while the Massachusetts’s State Legislature was in recess for the GOP Convention, created confusion among Bay Staters as to whether or not they were in violation of a law nearly two decades old, resulting in a massive upsurge in firearm purchases.

In addition to confusing the citizens who she’s supposed to represent, Healey’s new “directive” does nothing to clarify what criteria she is using to justify her new interpretation of existing law. Her list of guns not defined as “assault weapons” includes firearms such as:

  • Any handgun on the current version of the state’s Approved Firearms Roster, available here links to PDF file. Handguns are still subject to MA 940 CMR 16.00 et seq Consumer Protection Regulation;
  • Any .22 caliber rimfire rifle;
  • Any Ruger Mini 14 or substantially-similar model weapon;
  • Any Springfield Armory M1A or substantially similar model weapon;
  • Any of the hundreds of rifles and shotguns listed on this list links to PDF file —Appendix A to 18 U.S.C. § 922, as appearing on September 13, 1994;
  • Any weapon that is operated by manual bolt, pump, lever, or slide action;
  • Any weapon that is an antique, relic, or theatrical prop;
  • Any semiautomatic rifle that cannot accept a detachable magazine that holds more than five rounds of ammunition;
  • Any semiautomatic shotgun that cannot hold more than five rounds of ammunition in a fixed or detachable magazine;
  • Any of the hundreds of rifles and shotguns listed on this list—Appendix A to 18 U.S.C. § 922, as appearing on September 13, 1994.

Gun owners, collectors and enthusiasts do not need to be told that a Ruger Mini-14, a Springfield M1A and a long list of 1994-era hunting rifles and shotguns do not qualify as “assault weapons.” On the other hand, what the law-abiding citizens of Massachusetts deserve is clarification of the overly vague criteria on which Maura Healey interpreted the law in the first place. Massachusetts Governor, Charlie D. Baker, shares that sentiment. In his July 26 letter to Attorney General Healey, he writes, “…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 18 years.” The intent of the 1998 Massachusetts law, signed by Governor Paul Cellucci, made it clear that the definition of an “assault weapon” would mirror the then-current 1994 federal “assault weapon” ban, the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act. Healey’s recent interpretation of an “assault weapon” goes far beyond the intended definition of the 1998 Massachusetts law and her additional interpretation of what “isn’t” an assault weapon only makes matters worse.

In addition to working with local groups like Gun Owners Action League (GOAL), your NRA continues to explore all legal and legislative options to protect the rights of Massachusetts gun owners. Stay tuned.

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Comments (34)

  1. This Attorney General is the weapon assaulting the intelligence of the law-abiding, gun owning citizens of Massachusetts. She knows NOTHING ABOUT FIREARMS!

  2. Yes keep banning the public from weapons so when people start pulling stuff like Florida pulse club and a rural or sandy hook. We will know exactly who to blame and lynch.

  3. Just north of the Massachusetts border here in Maine we have a nickname for the folks to the south , we refer to them as Mass holes , we thank New Hampshire fo supplying a 17 mile buffer.

  4. The mini 14 isn’t an assault weapon but an AR 15 is? I can add a folding or telescopic stock to it as well as use hi-cap mags in it , in addition to adding lights and optics and or a laser, it would be just as effective for home defense or standing up to a tyrannical government. The same can also be done to the M1a.
    She must drink the same koolaid as Hitlary, and she needs to be removed from office for her illegal acts.

  5. I ask you, is it wrong to consider any knife, pistol, or rifle as an assault or tactical weapon, until it being used as a weapon upon you or someone else. Till that moment a knife is a knife, a pistol is a pistol, and a rifle is a rifle. My voice, pistol, knife, and rifle are self-defense tools at my disposal, and just as safe with me as my knowledge of Krav-maga. Then using only the proper tools at my disposal as a last resort to defend or save lives, till my friends with badges arrive.
    Where did the thinking in the United States get so twisted and misconstrued, as to think that a honest citizens want to have these tools to just go nuts and kill men, women, and children. We have laws against that with harsh consequences. We have enough adequate gun laws on the books. Taking guns out of the hands of good citizens is just as insane people who commit crimes and the politicians, and media hypes who want to disarm all citizens. It is those of us that are good citizens that give perpetrators of crimes caution to commit crimes except in known ” gun free zones”.
    Many good U.S. citizens have several different tools to use for their favorite sport, like hunting , or competition shooting either with guns or bows. Many politicians have little or no knowledge about these things and do not want to know. They just want the vote to get into office or stay there, and they don’t care what you think or care about your freedom of choice outlined in the U.S. Constitution.
    So what is next? The U.S. Government takes your guns, then knifes, bows and arrows, how about throwing in the fishing pole as well. (Perpetrators of crime will always have weapons, they don’t care about laws.)
    So let me ask you after that will it be the Bible, the mention of Jesus, the U.S Flag, all books that people find disagreeable, then how about getting rid of the good citizens that politicians disagree with.
    Sounds familiar?
    It does in many parts of the World.
    One famous politician said “The only way to change people minds are through laws and taxation.” I think you know her.

  6. Another hypocrite. Are you suggesting Hillary doesn’t lie, didn’t cause the deaths in Benghazi, didn’t take money from Countries that treat woman like slaves, didn’t jeopardize our National Security with her email server and you think Trump has done anything close in magnitude to those things. There is something daily about her lying under oath. I think you have a twisted value system in terms of what you prioritize as important.

  7. Common sense isn’t very common, Massachusetts has been in a slow but downward slope for years just like all the Democratic run state’s, to bad this was where the birth of democracy and freedom was founded, our for Father’s are rolling over in there gravesomewhere see the total abuse of power, United we stand VOTE!

  8. How about my ar in 5.56 is banned but a Springfield M1a in .308 is ok?
    This lady is ape $4it crazy.
    Good lord this country is going south in a hurry.

  9. I have long been wondering what the money donated to the NRA is being used for. GOA seems to be accomplishing much more with less.

  10. Sorry but you folks are in for a big surprise. Obama and his current court want to have the NRA bring forth some gun decisions. With the lower courts all packed with hate America left wing judges the lower courts will find with the left wing lawless actions that the gun grabbers ask for. Everyone knows that the supreme court will at best get tied leaving the decision to the lower packed liberal court. This is their chance and they are going to go for. Especially now that they have bought out people who are backing Hillary to become President like Eric Erickson, Glenn Beck, Hugh Hewitt and many others that are just knocking Trump as much as they can. If Trump wins and starts getting the country back on track, they think they will lose readers and backers. But if Hillary wins they will be able to increase their incomes and viewers. I sure hope people remember what these people did to this country just to line their pockets, and they are the reason we got Hillary and lost our constitutional rights. I hope that the public make them pay for their acts against America citizens.

    1. You are the epitome of single issue voters. The fact that ultra conservative mouth pieces recognize how vile a candidate Mr. Trump is has no meaning to you.
      I despise the Clinton legacy, the three strikes law, deregulating the banking industry, the “assault weapons” ban, and NAFTA. That being said, I will not vote for a misogynst, racist, self aggrandizing, pumpkin colored jackass who mocks the disabled, insults the families of veterans and POW’s, and who blatantly lies on video and blames the media for exposing his lies, all to ward against a supposed democratic assault on my second amendment rights.
      Trump lies about everything. Outright lies and fear mongering are his campaign strong points. With your comments you indicate a penchance for the same tactics.
      I will not cast my vote based on the single issue of alleged future gun control. I heard the same message when Obama ran for office both times. It was a lie then and it’s a lie now. The President has no effect on my gun ownership. I own more guns now than before he was elected.
      Find me a candidate willing to work for the rights and well being of all citizens regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation and we will have a candidate who stands up for our constitutional rights. Regardless of political party, that is the candidate for whom I wish to vote.

    2. Z, You say Trump lies about everything. So what does that say about Hillary? You think she’s the bastion of integrity? At least Trump hasn’t abandoned Americans abroad and lied about it. At least Trump hasn’t exposed state secrets to anyone on the internet and lied about it. At least Trump hasn’t stolen or misappropriated 6 billion dollars from us, and lied about it. If fact nothing Trump has said or done has really hurt anybody but some feelings and that is only because CNN and MSNBC told you you should be upset about what he’s said. At least Trump hasn’t had 25 close associates die or be murdered. If you think Trump is the worst, I want to know your definition of what you think bad really is. Your guns, all that you have purchased under Hussein, will be made illegal and confiscated under HIllary because she doesn’t think you have a right to defend yourself nor are you responsible enough to even own such dangerous contraptions. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, then vote for whoever you want.

    3. Z did not mention any intention to vote for Hillary, merely indicating some of Trump’s many flaws that precluded voting for him. Yes, Trump is an un-presidential, unprincipled, rude, crude, misogynist bully who lies constantly because he doesn’t know lies from truth.
      Perhaps Z will vote for the flawed (but not corrupt) Libertarian, Johnson. Or for Green Socialist Stein, who has the wisdom of a Cabbage Patch doll, and wants Americans to live the lives of cabbages.
      No, Z is at fault for castigating others here as merely being single-issue voters. At a firearms focused website, we must expect the focus to be on firearms issues. We’re all already close to violating the stated purpose of this Shooters Log in offering loose opinions about politics rather than facts about firearms and related goods. But, discussing candidates who would limit our ability to obtain and use such items is sufficient purpose for me. So, I won’t fault anyone who recognizes the awfulness of Trump but will vote for him anyway as an attempt to preclude Hillary from becoming president. As a founding member of the most corrupt family in America, she is a vile, congenital liar, unlike Trump who doesn’t know lies from truth, but one who believes that lies are truth. Others in this forum have mentioned some of her many misdeeds and felonies (the ones she so far hasn’t hidden successfully) so I need not elaborate further.

    4. @ Z,

      And to those of us that know better, you are the epitome of a “low information voter”. You are precisely the simpleton the mass liberal media machine has targeted with their biased messages. And it has obviously been quite effective for them; because your post serves no other purpose than to confirm just how potent their propagandist strategy really works on some of the less literate people in our Country.

      Go ahead and continue to mindlessly beat their liberal war drum like a trained monkey, but know that the rest of us will shake our heads at your ridiculous inability to actually cite a single real-world example of anyone that has ever had their life negatively affected by any of this so-called Trump misogyny or racism.

      The media has vigorously tried and failed to find someone, anyone, to come forward with first-hand distain for Trump. They simply can’t find a single person that has a horror story about maltreatment under Trump’s employ. Everyone that has ever worked closely under Trump – from women, gays, and minorities – have nothing but admiration and wonderful things to say about him.

      So unlike you, I’ll take Trump’s perceived yet benign bum rap on racism or misogyny over Hillary’s decades piled high with massive body counts of murdered and beaten associates, or her devastatingly poor leadership which actually resulted in the death of an ambassador and his security staff.

      An intelligent person must concede that given the options, Trump pales in comparison with only a few words he may or may not have said that makes you feel a bit uncomfortable. With Hillary our Country is up for grabs to the highest foreign bidder, so one would think that given those alternatives Trump would be a no-brainer… but evidently not.

  11. The 1994 Assault Weapons Ban definition of an assault weapon was BS to begin with and the NRA keeps missing their chance to rebut this. No flash hider, bayonet lug, box magazine, pistol grip makes a rifle into an “Assault Weapon”. What makes a long gun an “Assault Weapon” is fully automatic capability in an intermediate rifle cartridge. Because the very first assault weapon, the Nazi Sturmgehwer ’44 broke new ground, it is a unique pattern in weaponry that is very distinct. It was the first lightweight, single man carried fully automatic weapon in a RIFLE CALIBER. from it comes the AK47 and the M16, etc.It was so unique in fact that when presented with the final working design called MachininPistole ’43, Hitler renamed it SturmGehwer, Sturm meaning to storm or attack, gehwer: weapon or rifle. Therefore a semi-automatic AR15 will never be an assault weapon to begin with as the functional difference is proportional the difference between a hatchet and a chainsaw. NRA should challenge this definition in court to establish that assault weapons are already controlled by the NFA of 1934, and that an AR15 has the same functionality as a mini 14, while one is banned and the other not.

  12. Accurate terminology is crucial for clear understanding. The article’s title misspells Ms. Healey’s name AND throughout confers an inappropriate governmental rank for her. A legal officer who misrepresents the law for purposes of deception is called a “shyster” rather than an “attorney.”
    Now we all understand why Shyster General Healey issued an erroneous legal pronouncement. That’s what shysters do.
    For another example, see US Shyster General Lynch, who disobeyed 5 CFR 2635.101 (b)(14).
    Shysters General contravene the laws they are sworn to uphold. It happens a lot with Demorats.
    Oops a typo? Should that have been Demoncrats?!

  13. When AG Healey overstepped her Constitutional authority she knew exactly what she was doing and at the exact moment she was doing it. Healey violated her Oath of Office and did so as blatantly as she could. She has committed a crime in Office which justifies the removal of her from the Office of the Attorney General. Why has no one filed suit against her and why are there no moves to remove her from Office? If these TRAITOR’S are permitted to get away with violating the Oath of Office there will come a time when removal from office will never be possible. And just for the sake of mentioning it. If allowed to get away with violating the Oath of Office as well as the Second Amendment you rest assured that the rest of your Constitutional rights and freedoms will be under assault.

    1. She is just another airhead politician that doesn’t know up from down! I am sick of hearing these embeciles tell us all about “assault weapons”, when they haven’t a freaking clue what an assault weapon is…..then they call ALL semi-autos assault weapons…..God save us from the mentally deficient!

  14. Where the hell did democrats get the impression that they were elected to infringe on the Constitutional Rights of the citizenry? This lady should be thrown out on her ass for not respecting the most sacred right we have, the one that protects us from morons like her! She is proof that liberalism as it is practiced today is indeed a disease and something that one should avoid at all cost from contracting!

  15. When you have a President who acts like a King it trickles down to all the other idiots who think he is doing a good job. Therefore it spreads the insanity to many of like minded egomaniacs’

  16. A liberal idiot. Obviously she does not understand the law. But what better way to confuse legally-entitled gun owners than to muddy the water with ambiguity. As the saying goes, “if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with b$&@:@&t”.

  17. WTF is wrong with these people in the northeast. Is there something in the water that makes them stupid. These politicians need to go away. Who made them kings and queens to rule over the peons?

    1. Check out the west coast, specifically California. The same stupidity rules. It’s called anti-Constitutional liberalism.

  18. Why doesn’t anyone ever ask these politicians how they expect us as citizens to do our Constitutional duty to stay well-regulated for mounting a proper uprising against a potentially tyrannical government if they keep illegally banning all the good stuff?

    1. Because they know that THEY are the tyrannical government from which we need to protect ourselves.

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