Massachusetts Assault Weapons Debacle: Schrödinger’s Gun!

So from Day one when Attorney General Maura Healey declared that the long-standing Massachusetts “Assault Weapon” ban, that was first enforced as the Federal AWB for 10 years, and enforced at the state level since 1998, totally didn’t mean what it said it meant, EVERYBODY knew it was a political stunt.

Still when the questions started arising, about what she meant I really chalked this up as incompetence. People have made some valid arguments that this could technically include ANY semi-auto firearm, or any semi-auto firearm that accepts a detachable magazine.

Really from AG Healey’s press conference, she directly addresses AR and AK pattern rifles that were made to comply with Massachusetts and other state laws, as does her enforcement letter, and given that the vast majority of “Ban compliant” rifles sold in this state fall into either “AK Pattern” or “AR Pattern” camps, I kinda assumed that’s really what she was going for with her little enforcement notice.

Given that she held her press conference in the middle of the Republican National Convention, and then promptly left the state for the Democrat National Convention, which just so happened to be just before the Summer Recess for the State Legislature, I assumed her ambiguous notice was so sloppy because she wrote it on a compressed timeline, and likely didn’t have anybody on staff that knew what end of a firearm the bullet came out of.

So I expected a clarification letter, especially when the heat was turned up by politicians from both political parties.

And when a month went by, I was wondering if that was going to happen…..well it did….kinda.

First up, I must give Credit to GOAL for their coverage of this.

Here are my own observations on the update that can be found here:

Guns That Are Not Assault Weapons

Good start! That’s just what we’ve been asking about for the last fucking month! You’d think it could have been done quicker given her vastly superior understanding of this law, given that she found hidden definitions within the text of the existing bill that she could change enforcement without needing to change the law….allegedly.

Any handgun on the current version of the state’s Approved Firearms Roster, available here links to PDF file. Handguns are still subject to MA 940 CMR 16.00 et seq Consumer Protection Regulation

Well that is very clear. So clearly her “Similar Operating System” test doesn’t apply to handguns: ie the Tec-9 and Uzi are blowback pistols that were named in the Assault Weapons ban, but any other blowback pistol isn’t considered a “Similar Operating System”.

I’m not saying it’s a good or rational clarification, I’m just saying it does clear some big questions.

Any weapon that is operated by manual bolt, pump, lever, or slide action;
Any weapon that is an antique, relic, or theatrical prop;
Any semiautomatic rifle that cannot accept a detachable magazine that holds more than five rounds of ammunition;
Any semiautomatic shotgun that cannot hold more than five rounds of ammunition in a fixed or detachable magazine.

Ok, well the first bit was a concerned raised by some more reactionary people. They noted that some manually operated guns, like pump shotguns, or lever-action rifles, or bolt-action rifles have been made with AR-15 parts or accept AR-15 magazines etc, but the Assault Weapons ban ONLY applied to semi-auto guns in the first place…still given what you’re going to read in this post, I Guess it isn’t so crazy.

I have no idea on the laws of “Theatrical Props”, but “Curios” tend to be pre-94 guns, so again moot.

Nice on her to include fixed-magazine guns, that has been long-established, but that was brought into question with the new insanity.

Sounds like she’s trying to exclude sporting shotguns….still the AWB never applied to fixed tubular magazines….and what defines “Capacity”, As I can probably stoak up my wife’s Beretta Ureka with mini-shells and get it to hold 7-8!

Any of the hundreds of rifles and shotguns listed on this list PDF file —Appendix A to 18 U.S.C. § 922, as appearing on September 13, 1994;

Obviously this is just some PDF she dug out of the archives, as it’s almost 22 years old, and only lists the following center-fire semi-auto rifles:

Browning BAR Mark II Safari Semi-Auto Rifle
Browning BAR Mark II Safari Magnum Rifle
Browning High-Power Rifle
Heckler & Koch Model 300 Rifle
Iver Johnson M–1 Carbine
Iver Johnson 50th Anniversary M–1 Carbine
Marlin Model 9 Camp Carbine
Marlin Model 45 Carbine
Remington Nylon 66 Auto-Loading Rifle
Remington Model 7400 Auto Rifle
Remington Model 7400 Rifle
Remington Model 7400 Special Purpose Auto Rifle
Ruger Mini-14 Autoloading Rifle (w/o folding stock)
Ruger Mini Thirty Rifle

Gee super nice for her to give us a list of guns from the Clinton Administration. Also let’s laugh at the Typo of the Remington Nylon 66 .22 LR being listed as “Center-fire”

There is also a similar list of rim-fire rifles given. The only gun I need to reference is the 10/22 is specified to be WITHOUT the folding stock, much like the listing for the Mini-14. This is interesting because the AG made the case that changing cosmetic features like adding a fixed stock, or changing the muzzle configuration had no relevance to the law…..so why is she citing a legal document that makes that distinction?

Also that list shows further incompetence that 90% of the guns listed are manually operated guns….as in guns that were, and always have been exempted from the law….so why publish an inclusive list of manually operated guns in reference to an ban on semi-auto guns????

Now onto the doozies!

Any Ruger Mini 14 or substantially-similar model weapon;
Any Springfield Armory M1A or substantially similar model weapon

Let that sink in she says “ANY” and is referencing it as a separate point from the list I just talked about. ANY, implies…well ANY rifle of that line…including folding-stock guns that were previously considered banned in the state.

So what is it? Can I buy and M1A or Mini-14, or only Massachusetts compliant models? She’s already stated that “Massachusetts Compliant” is a completely bogus term, and that we shouldn’t be following the law the way it’s actually written, but how she has decided to enforce it….

Also note the irony that she’s declaring legal rifles that are declared ILLEGAL in her supporting documents.

it gets worse:

Any .22 caliber rimfire rifle

Ok so first up below in the Q&A section it reads:

Still there were dedicated .22 LR rifles you couldn’t legally buy in Massachusetts. A Ruger 10-22 with a folding stock, or a threaded flash-hider were illegal (and note folding-stock 10/22s are referenced in the 1994 Document!), as well as the S&W M&P15-22, which comes from the factory with a threaded muzzle, pistol grip, flash hider, and collapsible stock. Per every other reading of the Assault Weapons ban, that’s an “Assault Weapon”, but she’s now declaring it exempt because it’s chambered in .22 LR.

I’ll note that for the last several days it only read “.22 Caliber Rifles” not “Rimfire”….again more rank incompetence, as 5.56mm ammo is .22 Caliber.

So what the fuck is the law? Do we follow the law as it’s written, and that she’s said is meaningless, or do we follow her contradictory edict?

This list is not exhaustive; it is meant for illustrative purposes only. Many other weapons are not assault weapons or “copies or duplicates” of assault weapons.

Nope it’s neither Exhaustive, clear, or consistent!

Prison time is the only thing I would accept for her!

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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 105: Purple Ponies at the Gun Rights Policy Conference

The show is up!

Erin “Voodoo Princess Daintyhooves” continues her nefarious plot to turn everyone in the gunblog world into ponies. This time, it’s Sean “Unicorn Rampant Sable” Sorrentino who has fallen into her hoofy clutches!

The GunBlog VarietyCast is now a proud member of The Self Defense Radio Network.
Beth gives us some good pointers for on how to take a date to the range.
Why does he do it? No, not the “NC Teen who’s been arrested dozens of times before being charged with murder;” why does Sean do the “Felons Behaving Badly” segment? We’re glad you asked.
It sounds like a science fiction movie, but it’s actually evil website design. Barron tells us all about “Dark Patterns.”
In our main topic, Sean and Erin talk about the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Tampa, and Erin talks Sean into doing something he’ll regret. Want to see Sean in a Purple Pony tee-shirt? Go to the GunBlog VarietyCast page and click “Make a One Time Donation” in the right sidebar” to contribute to Sean’s ponification!
Did you know that Erin has a YouTube channel? She does Apocabox unboxing videos. What’s an Apocabox? Erin explains.
Weer’d didn’t want to leave out all the other anti-gun nuts at the Massachusetts AG press conference. It’s their turn getting a Patented Weer’d Audio Fisk™.
And our Plug of the Week is for NBC’s TV show Aquarius

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Gunblog Variety Cast Episode 104 – Fun With Warning Shots

Episode 104 is up!

This week, the cast of the GunBlog VarietyCast lobs a shot across your bow! Heave to and prepare to be boarded by a great episode!

The Beths are squared as Beth Alcazar invites Beth Vaughn to discuss why women need to be involved in the firearms industry.
Sean combines his Felons Behaving Badly segment with Adam’s old Fun With Headlines segment and gets twice the stupidity when we take a closer look at the story “Distraught man shot and wounded by Greensboro officers.”
Barron is still “On Assignment”, but will return next week.
In the Main Topic segment, Sean and Erin discuss the idea of “warning shots,” and talk about a story that happened in Raleigh, NC recently.
In The Bridge, Tiffany talks about Donald Trump and “Second Amendment People.”
In her Blue Collar Prepping segment, Erin explores prepping against burglary.
And Weer’d puts Hillary’s Fox News interview under the microscope.
Our plug of the week is for Street Kitchen North Indian Butter Chicken

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Play Me Out: Dr. Bombay

A little racist, by why not enjoy good music???

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He Scared Me For a Moment

This is a dude I like to bag on for being a hack bartender….then he goes and does this:

I personally take my Negronis Up in a cocktail glass, but on the rocks is perfectly acceptable. I dock him points for using the same ice to chill and serve….by the time you’ve chilled the drink the ice is starting to melt, so fresh ice will better keep the rocks drink cold.

Still if somebody mixed a Negroni like this for me, I wouldn’t complain….maybe that’s why he struggles so much to choke it down….

Then he did this:

Again, 100% respectable drink! I’ll dock points for not chilling the cocktail glass…but honestly I had a cocktail the other day at a bar that didn’t chill the glass, and really it hardly ruins the cocktail.

Also I can’t dock points for shaking clear drink, I must note that the cloudy appearance, as well as the foamy mouth-feel just don’t do the drink any favors.

You can read my article on this drink here. I use New Amsterdam Gin instead of a vodka and gin mix to great effect, and also since writing that article, I’ve taken to adding a few dashes of Orange Bitters just to add a bit of complexity to the drink. Also pickled lemons add a bit of salt, and give you an edible garnish which I also prefer….and I stir mine, because it’s better.

Still he doesn’t disappoint….finally a ruined drink!!

Really not TOO bad, just WAYYY too much sugar, as well as too much water to dissolve it, making a drink that looks like swamp water when served.

Still it’s not as bad as this abortion!

And before I get too high-and-mighty, I have been known to cut a few corners on a Sazerac if I’m mixing them on the road!

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I was a Guest on Geeks Gadgets and Guns

Ok this was just AWESOME! They guys at Geeks Gadgets and Guns invited me on to talk about the Massachusetts Assault Weapons Ban debacle .

For those who are disappointed that my current stable of podcasts are too structured, or too short, this harkens back to the old days. Turns out the guys were rolling before they called me on skype, so I was just “warming up in the green room” with the guys before I realized it was the show!

So yeah we talked a TON about modding computers and classic video games, guns and gun law. It was all over the place, and a TON of fun!

I had only been tangentially aware of this show before, but since recording this show I’ve become a fan!

Podcast-bicycle

Enjoy!!!

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Handgun Radio 138: German Guns

Ryan and I sit down and talk German handguns!

I really wanted to talk Germany after shooting my Walther!

Walther P38

Enjoy!

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Gunblog Variety Cast Episode 103 – [BLEEP]ing [BLEEP]ers and their [BLEEP]y Bad-Faith Backdoor Tactics

The show is up!

Sean’s censor button gets a workout this week as the GunBlog VarietyCast delves deeply into the festering [BLEEP] pile that is this current crop of anti-rights arguments and tactics.

A homeowner’s girlfriend is killed while he shoots a robber to death. Straightforward, right? Sean digs deeper into this story.

Barron and Beth are both on assignment and will return next week.

In our main topic segment, Erin explains the recent ITAR regulatory clarification regarding gunsmithing, and what it means to gunsmiths and gun owners everywhere.

When an imprisoned terrorist says that “Americans are dumb” because of our gun laws, that sounds like a pretty compelling case against the Second Amendment. Tiffany says we need to take a closer look at the terrorist’s motivations as well as his claims.

Why prep at all, when we’re all going to die anyway? Erin answers some common prepping questions.

The Massachusetts Attorney General is refusing to budge on her insane reinterpretation of the state “assault weapon” ban. Weer’d fires back.

Our plug of the week is for Auphonic audio production software.

Thank you for downloading, listening, and subscribing. You are subscribed, right? We are available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and now on Google Play Music!

Thanks also to Firearms Policy Coalition for their support. Go to www.FirearmsPolicy.org to join.

And a special thanks to our sponsor, Law of Self Defense at www.LawOfSelfDefense.com Use discount code “Variety” at checkout for 10% off.

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Massachusetts Assault Weapons Ban: The Big Guns

And not guns banned (because theorically it’s ALL of them banned, even the 10-22 and the Walther P22), but the gathering forces are rattling sabers.

I think I linked this article….but didn’t reference this quote:

NRA is still assessing all legal and legislative options to protect the rights of Massachusetts gun owners. Stay tuned.

But also NSSF is joining in:

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, today announced that it will pursue legal action to challenge the “Enforcement Notice” issued by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that would appear to ban sales of semiautomatic rifles in the commonwealth.

“With this ‘Enforcement Action,’ the Attorney General’s office has demonstrated how little it understands about firearms and has generated considerable uncertainty and confusion,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “Attorney General Healey and/or her staff have overreached their authority and decided to legislate from her office without the benefit of any public process. Her actions totally disregard 18 years of Massachusetts firearm law, supported by all state regulatory agencies and understood by all concerned, in which firearm retailers have operated. The Attorney General has undermined the legislative and public process by unilaterally declaring products that were legal to be illegal. In doing so, she has endangered the livelihoods of family-owned businesses and made potential felons out of tens of thousands of law-abiding citizens.”

“This unlawful overstepping of power must be challenged,” Keane said. NSSF has retained Michael Sullivan of the Ashcroft Law Firm, who is a former United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and former acting director, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Boston-based law firm of Kenney and Sams, P.C.

NSSF is preparing and will file its action soon but will not discuss detailed legal strategy, potential co-plaintiffs or other details at this time.

And standing behind them is S&W:

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is pleased to announce that Smith & Wesson has joined NSSF’s #GUNVOTE Chairman’s Club with a $500,000 contribution to the association’s critical voter registration and education campaign. This is the largest contribution the #GUNVOTE campaign has received to date.

…James Debney, CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, “We are honored to support this effort on behalf of our employees and especially the law-abiding firearm owners of Massachusetts, who have so recently been denied their fundamental rights through arbitrary government action that threatens to turn lawful gun owners and dealers into criminals. To stop this from happening elsewhere, it is imperative that citizens across our nation are informed and knowledgeable about their rights, their candidates and the importance of their vote in this critical election year.”

I’m hoping all the relevant parties are communicating to join forces and give AG Healey the legal stomping she deserves.

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The Squirrel Report 204

We were all over the map last night!

So something for everybody!

Also Alan notes we have a Bookface Group.

It’s fun, and it would be more fun with you in it!

IT’S THE SQUIRREL REPORT!

Molson Squirrel

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