On Beacon Hill: Worcester-based gun rights leader has harsh words for Healey ‘copycat’ ban

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Maura Healey, surrounded by supporters at an announcement last year, is now surrounded by controversy after her "copycat gun" initiative came to light last week.

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Maura Healey, surrounded by supporters at an announcement last year, is now surrounded by controversy after her “copycat gun” initiative came to light last week.

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Worcester-based gun rights leader has harsh words for Healey ‘copycat’ ban

Attorney General Maura T. Healey’s announcement last week that she would step up enforcement of the state’s assault weapons ban, focusing on what she described as “copycat” guns, swiftly generated backlash from gun owners, dealers and activists who are viewing the move as an attack on their rights.

Protests outside the State House were planned for Thursday and Saturday, with organizers describing Healey’s actions as unconstitutional. Less than 24 hours after her announcement, more than 15,000 people had signed an online petition calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to overturn Healey’s decision and nearly 500 had joined a Facebook group calling for her to be recalled or impeached.

Christopher Pinto

Christopher Pinto

“I’ve been looking at the reactions that’s been going on in social media and text messages I’ve been getting, and I think that Maura Healey really stepped in it,” said Massachusetts Gun Rights chairman Christopher Pinto, a Doherty High graduate and former Republican State Committee candidate.


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