Gun owner group, GOAL, urges Baker to nix Healey-tied court nominee

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A gun owners group pressed Gov. Charlie Baker Tuesday, Oct. 11, to rescind his nomination of one of Attorney General Maura Healey’s top lieutenants to the Superior Court, arguing he is unfit to be a judge if he had any involvement in Healey’s heightened enforcement of the state’s assault weapons ban.

The Gun Owners Action League urged supporters to call Baker’s office and the Governor’s Council and to “strongly oppose” any and all judicial nominees who worked for Healey.

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

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Maura Healey, surrounded by supporters at an announcement last year, is now surrounded by controversy thanks to her “copycat gun” ban.

Baker last week nominated Christopher Barry-Smith, the first assistant attorney general, to a seat on the Superior Court bench. An Arlington resident, Barry-Smith, who worked for Healey’s three predecessors, has served as Healey’s first assistant attorney general since she took office in 2015. Barry-Smith joined the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division in 1997, left for private practice in 1999 and in 2002 returned to the attorney general’s office, according to the governor’s office.


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