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Massachusetts NRA Members Sue State Lawmakers Following Ban On “Assault Weapons”

January 25, 2017

A lawsuit has been filed against Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey following their state ban on assault weapons. The lawsuit, which claims their ban is void and unenforceable, was brought forth by the Massachusetts chapter of the National Rifle Association and other pro-liberty groups. The 33-page complaint challenges the constitutionality of the state ban.

The complaint,which named the state’s public safety secretary and the state police, was filed on Monday in a Boston federal court. It claims the state’s definition of assault weapons is a “non-technical, entirely fabricated, and political term of uncertain definition and scope” and that the state’s ban illegally extends to the sale or possession of certain rifles, including AR-15 and AK-47 models.

The plaintiffs are seeking the federal judge to declare both the state’s assault weapons ban, first passed in 1998, as well as Healey’s July action as unconstitutional. In July, Healey called for stricter enforcement of the ban on so-called “copy-cat” firearms and the suit claims the directive “vastly expanded Massachusetts’ prohibition to ban an entire class of popular firearms commonly kept for lawful purposes.”