Massachusetts Attorney General Unilaterally Bans Sale of Modern Sporting Rifles

Without approval from a single elected official in Massachusetts, the State’s Attorney general took it upon herself to expand and rewrite the state’s 1998 Gun Control Act. According to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, all modern sporting rifles – or as she calls them assault weapons – will now be banned in the state.

After the Massachusetts 1998 Gun Control Act banned residents from owning a number of modern rifles, gun manufacturers had to completely redesign versions of their firearms to comply with the state’s law. But now, even those firearms that specifically comply with those regulations laid out in the 1998 legislation will be illegal in the state of Massachusetts.

Attorney General Maura Healey announced her unconstitutional edict to The Boston Globe. She told them:

The Massachusetts assault weapons ban mirrors the federal ban Congress allowed to expire in 2004. It prohibits the sale of specific weapons like the Colt AR-15 and AK-47 and explicitly bans “copies or duplicates” of those weapons. But gun manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to define what a “copy” or “duplicate” weapon is. They market “state compliant” copycat versions of their assault weapons to Massachusetts buyers. They sell guns without a flash suppressor or folding or telescoping stock, for example, small tweaks that do nothing to limit the lethalness of the weapon.

That will end now. On Wednesday, we are sending a directive to all gun manufacturers and dealers that makes clear that the sale of these copycat assault weapons is illegal in Massachusetts. With this directive, we will ensure we get the full protection intended when lawmakers enacted our assault weapons ban, not the watered-down version of those protections offered by gun manufacturers.

The directive specifically outlines two tests to determine what constitutes a “copy” or “duplicate” of a prohibited weapon. If a gun’s operating system is essentially the same as that of a banned weapon, or if the gun has components that are interchangeable with those of a banned weapon, it’s a “copy” or “duplicate,” and it is illegal. Assault weapons prohibited under our laws cannot be altered in any way to make their sale or possession legal in Massachusetts.

What does this mean for gun owners in Massachusetts?

Well nobody really knows. But we do know, criminals are going to love it!

In 1998, Massachusetts enacted some of the strictest gun-control laws in the country. The 1998 Gun Control Act banned semiautomatic “assault” weapons, prohibited anyone convicted of a violent crime or drug trafficking from ever carrying or owning a gun, imposed some of the strictest licensing laws in the country, and even made it a criminal offense for people who stored their firearms unlocked.

While state legislators would like you to believe the legislation helped reduce crime, it did nothing to stop criminals from committing violent firearms-related offenses. In fact, according to state crime statistics, between 1998 and 2011, robbery with firearms climbed 20.7 percent and aggravated assaults in the state jumped 26.7 percent.

Massachusetts Gun Stores Pull all Modern Sporting Rifles from Shelves

Even though the Attorney General has no real power to rewrite existing legislation, gun stores across Massachusetts have started pulling modern sporting rifles from their shelves in fear that they may be prosecuted for selling what may be an illegal firearm in Massachusetts.


  1. B from CA
    July 21, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    They just keep chipping away at the Second Amendment.

    Perhaps a campaign to destroy the careers of these ZioGlobalist Marksist sons of b**ches and real b**ches.

  2. j
    July 22, 2016 at 7:26 am

    I really hope that gun manufacturers do what they did in another state…When the state calls asking for guns for their swat teams, police, and other government agencies, the manufacturers deny them sales. These are illegal in your state sorry. How does this reflect a “capitolist” society? We are forced to buy insurance and told we can’t buy or sell guns… WTF.

    • Texan
      July 26, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      I was thinking the exact same thing. If I recall correctly, Barrett discontinued sales in Kalifornia to LEO’s and would not service Barrett weapons. C’mon manufacturers! Stick it to the Mass holes and move to other gun friendly states like Texas!!

  3. Mac
    July 22, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Seems like the people of Massachusetts need to reach down, grab what’s left of their genitals and tell her where she can go and what she can do with her rewritten “ban”.

  4. Kamakaze
    July 22, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Slowly but surely rights we take for granted are being regulated away from us.

  5. Clarence
    July 23, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Obviously this needs to be addressed by the courts and a pro 2nd amendment attorney. If this is allowed to go unchecked all of our states could try and follow this stupid law.

  6. Ronald Dunne
    July 25, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Incredible- from the State that has the balls to celebrate Lexington and Concord- battles fought to protect the Mass. militia’s firearms stashes from confiscation by order of the British military governor- a basic and UnConstitutional gun grab by the liberals. It’s time we call these criminals what they are.. “Lobsterbacks”- as redcoats were called by the Mass. patriots!

  7. Tugboat
    July 25, 2016 at 8:15 am

    The citizens need to rise up,no they will cower to the powers the be..Damn shameful !!!

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