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Going After The Good Guys

Going After The Good Guys

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This feature appears in the November ‘16 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.  

Massachusetts’ attorney general is more concerned with legal gun owners than violent criminals.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s assault on the Second Amendment is a chilling example of what awaits gun owners if Hillary Clinton is elected president. In what looks like an audition to be Clinton’s top cop, Healey declared tens of thousands of Massachusetts gun owners to be criminals when she redefined state law to label virtually any semi-automatic long gun as an “assault weapon.” She’s launched “safety” investigations into gun companies across the United States that are little more than politically motivated fishing expeditions. And now anti-gun groups are lauding her, encouraging other activist AGs to take similar steps in their states. 

After Healey announced her new interpretation of the state’s nearly 20-year old “assault weapons ban,” customers flocked to gun stores. In fact, on the day of her announcement over 2,500 semi-automatics were sold in the state, despite the fact that Healey had pronounced those sales illegal. Healey later told the press that she wouldn’t be prosecuting anyone for those purchases, or any others made before her announcement, but going forward her sweeping ban would be enforced.  

Healey’s efforts are all targeting legal gun owners, legal gun sellers and legal gun makers. It seems the violent criminals in Dorchester, Roxbury, Springfield, Holyoke, Chelsea, New Bedford and other high-crime communities get a pass from Healey. She seems less concerned with dangerous criminals illegally using guns and more concerned with making it dangerous to try to be a legal gun owner.

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