Coup in Massachusetts!

Attorney General Usurps Legislative Authority, Rewrites Gun Laws via AG “Directive”

Massachusetts Attorney General Unilaterally Changes Gun Laws
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Without any prior notice or public hearings and while the legislature is on break for national conventions the Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, has issued an “Enforcement Notice” to firearm retailers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts changing the longstanding definition of so-called “Assault Weapons”.
 For nearly 18 years since the passage of the 1998 Gun Control Act firearm retailers, gun owners and state agencies have been operating under the same interpretation. Now, suddenly, without warning or any due process a single person with a clear political agenda decides to change the rules. All Massachusetts residents should be alarmed!
 GOAL is currently trying to decipher the enforcement letter, but with as much information that it contains, it is not very clear what it means. Statements such as the following make it very convoluted: “… a weapon is a Copy or Duplicate, for example, if the operating system and firing mechanism of the weapon are based on or otherwise substantially similar to one of the Enumerated Weapons.”
Virtually every semi-automatic that utilizes a detachable magazine has the same operating system or firing mechanism, so what does this mean? The short answer is we simply don’t know. Our best advice to firearm retailers for now is to err on the side of caution. These new rules may cover a lot more than just what we might think.
GOAL is working with people and groups around the State and the nation to clarify these new interpretations and decide the best course of action. One thing is certain that this new interpretation is purely a political stunt and has nothing to do with public safety or real law.
Jim Wallace
Executive Director

This Would Have Been Illegal In Lexington Had Article 34 Passed as Originally Written

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An early draft of Article 34 infamously included the “BFG 9000” among the list of firearms to be banned.  This was comical as it is a fictional device from the video game “Doom.”  Its inclusion was stark evidence the drafter(s) of the article lacked practical knowledge of the subject matter.  Recently the producers of the video game commissioned a model be made for promotional purposes.  Perhaps we can bring it to Lexington for our community conversation?

Over $18k of Taxpayer Money Squandered on Article 34 This Spring

3d-dollar-signAccording to information provide by the Town Manager’s office, the spending consisted of the following:

Police Overtime: $8,900

Lawyer’s Fees:     $6,800

Security Firm:    $2,600

What do the terms arms, well regulated, and militia mean in the Second Amendment?

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The Second Amendment reads:

A  well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state,  the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.


Everything before the comma is an explanation for everything after the comma: “A well regulated militia” is not a legal requirement on its own, but the justification for ensuring that the people are armed. This is simple grammar, and frankly, if the issue weren’t so politicized, obvious.

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Lexington Selectmen start planning townwide conversation on gun control

July 08. 2016 3:49AM

“I consider Lexington a pretty safe town,” said Selectman Peter Kelley at the board’s June 27 meeting. “I’m not a fan of seeing us spend taxpayer dollars to have a conversation.”

In April, Town Meeting approved an article calling on selectmen to initiate a town-wide discussion on gun control to eventually lead to the creation of recommendations for a change in state law. The vote came after hours of debate and was on a revised version of an article that initially called for creating Lexington-specific bylaws regulation gun ownership in town.

Selectmen Joe Pato and Michelle Ciccolo, who were asked by their colleagues to research methods of carrying out the conversation, presented a $10,800 proposal from Cambridge-based Public Conversations Project.

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Gun Control Won’t Fix Chicago

Sixty-four people were shot over the holiday weekend. But the left only talks about ‘assault rifles.’

Gun-Control Activists Need a History Lesson

New York Times Op-Ed Against “No Buy” Lists

Eloquently  agrees it is unconstitutional.

“Watch lists are designed to circumvent the protections of due process and the separation of powers. They subvert a principle of our free society: Our rights aren’t held on loan until a government official labels us suspect, at which point they are easily stripped away; our rights are ours unless and until a court concludes that we have violated the law.”

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What Will Gun Controllers Do When Americans Ignore an ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban?

Prohibitions have a long history of stumbling over people’s unwillingness to obey. This time won’t be any different.

https://reason.com/archives/2016/06/21/what-will-gun-controllers-do-when-americ