Massachusetts Attorney General Unilaterally Changes Gun Laws

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Gun Owners’ Action League (GOAL)
Gun Owners’ Action League (GOAL)

Northborough, MA -( Without any prior notice or public hearings and while the legislature is on break for national conventions the Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, has issued an “Enforcement Notice” to firearm retailers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts changing the longstanding definition of so-called “Assault Weapons”.

For nearly 18 years since the passage of the 1998 Gun Control Act firearm retailers, gun owners and state agencies have been operating under the same interpretation. Now, suddenly, without warning or any due process a single person with a clear political agenda decides to change the rules. All Massachusetts residents should be alarmed!

GOAL is currently trying to decipher the enforcement letter, but with as much information that it contains, it is not very clear what it means.

Statements such as the following make it very convoluted: “… a weapon is a Copy or Duplicate, for example, if the operating system and firing mechanism of the weapon are based on or otherwise substantially similar to one of the Enumerated Weapons.”

Virtually every semi-automatic that utilizes a detachable magazine has the same operating system or firing mechanism, so what does this mean? The short answer is we simply don’t know. Our best advice to firearm retailers for now is to err on the side of caution. These new rules may cover a lot more than just what we might think.

GOAL is working with people and groups around the State and the nation to clarify these new interpretations and decide the best course of action. One thing is certain that this new interpretation is purely a political stunt and has nothing to do with public safety or real law.

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Jim Wallace
Executive Director

About Gun Owners’ Action League:

Gun Owners’ Action League is the official state firearms association in Massachusetts. We are an association of law-abiding citizens who believe in the basic right of firearms ownership for competition, recreation and self-protection. GOAL works hard to defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights against those in Massachusetts who wish to infringe upon the freedoms guaranteed by our forefathers. The programs sponsored and developed by Gun Owners’ Action League are supported by competitors, sportsmen, recreational shooters and law enforcement throughout the state. We were formed in 1974 to protect the right to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We are recognized as the state’s premier gun rights association.

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Sounds like she doesn’t want ‘Whitey’ Bolger’s ‘gun collection’ to go to ‘auction’?

2nd Amender

Hard to believe John and Sam Adams, the Minutemen, and a slew of American Patriots, once called Massachusetts, home.


Attorney General, Maura Healey, the Constitution is not a loophole!!!

Eastie Lou

It’s time to disobey,The gun dealers, manufacturers et al as well as gun owners need to tell her to get Bent.Enough is enough,She’s An AG !! She has no authority to make Law, Only enforce ( the ones she likes ) the Laws.This is the same scare tactic former AG Tom Rielly used; threatening letters,about out of state online ammunition sales to duly licensed Ma.gun owners.Unless that company was licensed by Ma.That’s total BS,It;s not illegal to sell ammo to Ma. customers online.But,try and find one who will.So,this tactic works. There is a GOAL RALLY against this unlawful act:on on… Read more »

A. D. Gritton

Attorneys General CAN NOT make law. Merely enforce what the legislative branch proposes and sends to a governor for his signature or veto.

That paper is feces wipe at best. She should be arrested by the Sheriff of that county for official misconduct, misappropriation of funds, and Treason. If I were the Sheriff of that County I would have her in jail all weekend and jump suit walk her before a judge in my county and read the charges.

jack the zipper

This woman has a ego as big as they come. Get a partition and grt this EGO out of office.No gun law in the world will keep Guns out of the hands of criminals but it will keep them out of law abiding citizens.


Seems like Benito Mussolini and Clara Petacci

Pistol Pete

They are put in these positions by people who have sold their soul for a food stamp card and welfare check and until we stop these checks and card it is only going to get worse for those who love freedom.

Paul Hardy

I’m not a Massachusett resident so I cannot speak to the legality of the AG’s actions. I am sure that there is a way to overturn this. I would also look towards actions needed to fire the AG. Laws that outlaw specific guns miss the point. Gun control is valid only if it restricts and deters criminals from using guns to commit crimes. Gun restrictions only affect the law aniding. A law that added a significant additional sentence because the criminal used a gun is the only effective way to reduce gun violence

Semper Fi

What she did is unconstitutional,She should be impeached or fired,Damm libs

Jeff D. Shirley, MASS.

I’m telling you people; she has obviously had a turbo charger added to her prize dildo. She has political ambitions, that is clear, but this is not the way to flex her he/she muscles. You watch, as Gov. Baker will have a stupid waste of taxpayers time press conference about this and start crying again without saying anything of any great significance!


She needs to go to jail for abusing power.


In other words she’s now issuing ‘Executive Orders’ just like Obozo Gabardine Sute.