Four gun stores and a national firearms trade group are taking the attorney general to court, alleging that her recent attempt to curb the sales of the guns—which look and act a lot like the kinds of firearms banned by a state assault weapons ban, but had until recently been sold openly and marketed as “MA Compliant”—is unconstitutional and denied the gun industry and consumers due process.
“This is a clearly naked political play by a zealous anti-gun politician simply looking to advance her political career at the expense of law-abiding gun owners in the state by turning hundreds of thousands of law-abiding gun owners and businesses into felons overnight with the stroke of a pen,” Lawrence Keane of the trade group, the Connecticut-based National Shooting Sports Foundation, said in August.
Healey, who also spent the summer poking another one of the big bears in American politics—Big Oil—is also being sued by gun manufacturers Remington and Glock. She requested documents from both about safety concerns with the firearms they produce; the companies allege her requests a “fishing expedition.”
In this latest obstacle for a local politician who is increasingly getting involved in topics of national interest, a Healey spokeswoman tells the Globe the AG’s office is ready for a fight.
“For far too long the gun industry has taken it upon itself to interpret the state’s assault weapons ban to allow these unlawful sales, so it’s no surprise that the gun lobby has challenged our enforcement,” press secretary Jillian Fennimore says in a statement. “We look forward to defending in court our efforts to ensure that residents get the full protection of the law.”
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