Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s recent unilateral decision to outlaw many semi-automatic rifles that have been legal for the last 18 years has thrown state gun shops into disarray. The ruling affected guns that Healey considered “copycats” of firearms banned under the state’s so-called “assault weapons” ban.
“We’re still trying to figure out is this gun legal, is that gun legal?” Mario Torchia, owner of Nick’s Sport Shop, told MassLive. “It’s still not that clear. There’s still a lot of questions on the mechanism of the guns, what falls into that class.”
That confusion might have been Healey’s intention all along, as confusion over laws often leads to gun owners not practicing their rights because they are unsure of their legality. Stay tuned here for more as the situation continues to unfold.
California Legislature Back In Business—Unfortunately
California’s legislative session reconvenes today, giving lawmakers more opportunity to continue trashing the rights of law-abiding Golden State gun owners.
As previously reported, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a number of anti-gun bills as the legislature went into summer recess. (For a summary of the recently enacted legislation, click here.)
NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action reports that staffers there are currently reviewing all possible action—legal, political and legislative—to stop these anti-gun bills from taking effect. A rundown of current litigation as prepared by NRA-ILA’s California legal team can be found here, and don’t forget to check NRA-ILA’s webpage frequently as they keep California gun owners updated on the latest from the legislature.
Carry Permit Holder Who Saved Cop Honored
A concealed-carry permit holder who saved a police officer’s life last year was recently awarded the Mount Vernon Citizen’s Award of Valor for taking action when the chips were down.
Last year Cpl. Michael Wheeler of the Mount Vernon (Ohio) Police Department was in a fight for his life. A suspect high on crystal meth had him on his back and was straddling him, reaching for his gun. And in the melee, Wheeler’s radio microphone had been knocked off, so he couldn’t call for help.
That’s when Dylan DeBoard, who was legally carrying a concealed handgun, pulled his firearm on the attacker and forced him to get off Wheeler, who then took him into custody. Wheeler says he is grateful to DeBoard for drawing his gun that day. “I wish a lot more of society would do what he did,” Wheeler said recently. “There were people standing around, but they were just watching. I kept wondering why people didn’t do anything.”