January 25, 2017

Healey intends to stand ground vs. gun owners in assault weapon battle

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Antonio Caban/State House News Service

Attorney General Maura Healey

BOSTON — A gun rights group, along with individual gun owners and retailers, is challenging the state’s 1998 assault weapon ban in federal court, arguing the law unconstitutionally infringes on the right to bear arms and improperly bans an entire class of weapons.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, Jan. 23, by a group of plaintiffs including the Gun Owners Action League, names as defendants Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, Public Safety Secretary Daniel Bennett, the Massachusetts State Police and State Police Superintendent Col. Richard McKeon.

Healey said Tuesday she would “vigorously defend” the law in court and that her office has been successful defending against Second Amendment challenges in the past.


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