Massachusetts is run by liberal anti-Second Amendment Democrats and has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. In one of the latest moves, they passed a state law to ban assault rifles. The NRA is taking legal action to fight against the new law banning assault rifles.
The Massachusetts affiliate of the National Rifle Association on Monday sued Governor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey, contending the state’s ban on assault weapons is unlawful and should be declared “void and unenforceable.”
In a 33-page civil complaint filed in federal court in Boston, the Gun Owners’ Action League, along with several other plaintiffs, asserts the state’s definition of assault weapons is a “non-technical, entirely fabricated, and political term of uncertain definition and scope.”
The complaint, which also names the state’s public safety secretary and the State Police as defendants, maintains that the state’s ban illegally extends to the sale or possession of certain rifles, such as AR-15 and AK-47 models, that rank among the most popular in the country.
The lawsuit was in part prompted by Healey’s directive in July to toughen enforcement of the ban on so-called “copy-cat” firearms. The suit contends the directive “vastly expanded Massachusetts’ prohibition to ban an entire class of popular firearms commonly kept for lawful purposes.”