Massachusetts Assault Weapons Update: It’s Not Good

So for a timeline, AG Maura Healey sent her letter, and had her press conference, that she claims only bans “Copy Cat weapons”, but people who know guns interpret as banning ALL modern semi-auto rifles, shotguns, and pistols, on Wednesday, July 20th, right in the middle of the Democrat National Convention. She promptly left the state to attend the Democrat National Convention.

And the last day the legislature was in session was yesterday. So to say we were dealing with a compressed timeframe is to understate it horribly!

There were some good bills filed, this was my favorite (PDF)

But in the end, we didn’t move the needle:

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo shut the door on debating gun legislation this weekend, saying lawmakers won’t take up bills in reaction to Attorney General Maura Healey’s crackdown on ‘copycat’ assault weapons. The legality of her move will likely end up in court, he said.

…”There’s no possible way we could have an issue such as a gun debate be debated and acted upon within two days,” said DeLeo, D-Winthrop, as gun rights activists knocked on lawmakers’ doors in a bid to get them to take up bills stripping Healey of her authority over gun regulations.

DeLeo said lawmakers’ current focus is overriding Gov. Charlie Baker’s vetoes of the state budget. Lawmakers could take up compromise bills on energy, economic development, and municipal government reform, among a few others.

I must at this time note that Rep DeLeo is one of TWO surviving Massachusetts attorney Generals to NOT be convicted federal felons, and his predecessor, Sal DeMassi is rotting in federal prison right now, the third speaker to step down due to federal criminal acts.

There is still hope that AG Healey will issue a clarification letter, but for now it’ll be up to the courts to rule. It SHOULD be a clean-cut case, as Heller v DC and McDonald v City of Chicago both state that firearms “In common use” can’t be restricted, but the level of corruption of the Massachusetts Democrat party, and the Democrat party at large is immense.

Both GOAL and NRA ILA are pledging to fight this. If you want to donate, I’d appreciate that.

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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 102: HEAT DOME!

The show’s up!

Bust a deal and face the wheel with us as we enter the HEAT DOME! Two podcasts enter, one podcast leaves!

Who run Podcast Town? WE RUN PODCAST TOWN!

This week Beth tells us about a special someone’s first time at the range: her 12 year old daughter.
Sean takes a closer look at the story “2 in Fuquay-Varina wrestle AR-15 from man during dispute.”
Barron gives us his thoughts on how some computer techs are treating Tiffany’s computer problems.
In the main topic segment Sean and Erin discuss the “hack” of the DNC emails, and how the Democrat Party is responding to Trump’s invitation to the Russians to release any Hillary emails they might have.
It’s hot. There’s a Heat Dome. (HEAT DOME!) How does that affect what you carry? Tiffany gives her thoughts.
Are you really prepared if you don’t have any way to provide emergency medical care? Erin give us some ideas on small, easy to carry blowout kits.
The Massachusetts Attorney General held a press conference and unilaterally declared Assault Weapons Ban-compliant rifles to be illegal. You knew that Weer’d was going to do a Patented Weer’d Audio fisk (TM), right?
Our plug of the week is for the Archangel OPFOR Mosin-Nagant Stock.

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Dad Musings

Fun Fact: There is only a small window in your life when walking around in public with little girl’s underwear in your pocket is not super creepy.

Is it domestic abuse if I relent to getting my arm hair COVERED in stickers if I did honestly say that no, I didn’t need any stickers today?

Toddlers have a complete disregard for their own nudity….yet so also does society. We really need to think on this further.

And to close, my daughter demanded I turn off Deep Purple and put on Metallica….maybe someday she’ll learn!

Truck Face

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Governor Baker Chimes in

Full disclosure, I voted against Charlie Baker in the last gubernatorial primary, but I voted for him both times he was on the general ballot.

I never thought much of him, he’s a Soft RINO, who’s considerably less scary than Willard Romney.

All that being said, he’s currently on my shit-list for his recent absence in this whole Assault Weapons Debacle with Attorney General Maura Healey. His initial statement shortly after her advisement letter went out was that of support.

At best this is ignorance of the scope of her reinterpretation, and the general radical nature of her action.

At worst it shows complicity.

I’m leaning towards the latter, as several days later at the Rally he neither made and appearance, nor had released a statement.

That being said, he is a political animal, and can smell when his self-preservation is on the line.

So he has now issued a statement:

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker wrote to Attorney General Maura Healey this week, saying there are “ambiguities” in her recent notice to gun sellers and manufacturers.

…”As elected officials, we must do all we can to protect the people of Massachusetts,” Baker wrote. “Keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of those who wish to do others harm is a priority we share. At the same time, protecting from prosecution responsible gun owners who followed the rules in the past and ensuring there is clarity when it comes to enforcing gun control measures such as the assault weapons ban are essential to fair application of the law.”

Not great, but at least I can say the ONLY statements out there have been ones of opposition. The AG office has been stone silent since the press conference a week ago, as have the anti-gun organizations.

The fact that there isn’t an article of this massive move for gun control on Bloomberg’s The Trace tells me the powers that be in the gun-ban movement know that this isn’t going to last, and a political victory has 1,000 fathers, and a political defeat is an orphan.

Hopefully I’m right.

**UPDATE** I was wrong, this idiot, is the sole fool to hitch his wagon directly to this turd!

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Handgun Radio 137 Stealth Gear USA

I’m only in the episode for a bit, and I recorded from my phone while I was stuck at the train station, rather than my standard Armory Studio. Hopefully Ryan was able to do some podcast magic to clean up a dirty noise environment.

I was on to give some info on the Massachusetts Assault Weapons Debacle. I’ll need to listen in for the rest of the show which talks about StealthGear USA Holsters and Gear.

Enjoy!

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Another Update on the Massachusetts Assault Weapons Debacle

58 Legislators have signed a letter expressing their strong opposition to AG Healey’s insane re-interpretation. The text of the letter can be read here (PDF)

I’m also very pleasantly surprised that 18 of those Signatures were Democrats, so while AG Healey is far from a pariah here in Mass, but she also doesn’t have the full strength of the party behind her….and party lockstep, in a state like this, is the rule, not the exception, for both parties.

So read the whole thing, but I’ll toss in the money quote for those who don’t have time right this moment.

For the last 18 years, the law has been implemented and enforced consistently, both by your office and your predecessors. Your new directive, which has been presented by your office as nothing more than a closing of “loopholes” in the current law, appears in fact to be much more than that: the enforcement of a whole new law that unfairly infringes on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners in Massachusetts.

One must argue, if Gun control is so popular, why do they need to go to such lengths, and abandon all ethics to expand gun control laws? In what is a massively anti-gun state!

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Official Numbers Are In

So here I said:

I’m not a good judge of crowds, but It was over 1,000 just from my counting. Also note it was 90 degrees out there! Us New Englanders don’t do well in the heat, but we bear it when we need to!

I didn’t want to be the asshole calling a crowd of 1,000, 10,000, because I really don’t know what 1,000 people looks like just from looking at a crowd. I knew it was HUGE, but I didn’t know how big.

Well the numbers are out CBS is reporting:

About 2,000 gun rights advocates have rallied outside the Massachusetts Statehouse to protest Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey’s crackdown on the sale and manufacture of what she’s called copycat assault weapons.

Activists attending the Saturday rally said Healey is taking rogue actions that will turn thousands of gun owners into “future felons.”

But of course Joe points out those assholes headline it as “hundreds”.

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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 101

Episode # 101 – the TIE Fighter episode

Join our ragtag group of pro-gun freedom fighters as they struggle against the evil Empire of malice, stupidity, ignorance and lack of due process or legislative oversight!

Beth is tired of “Smart” anti-gun answers to pro-gun statements so, she answers the anti-gunners in turn.
Sean looks at the two suspects in the murder of an elderly woman in Kinston, NC.
“Legitimate malware?” Barron shows us how to avoid malware served up from sources you thought you could trust.
In our main topic, Sean and Erin take a brief look at the recent decision by the Massachusetts AG to unilaterally redefine State law to ban so-called “Assault Weapons.”
Before you can go somewhere, you first need to know where you are. Erin tells you what kind of maps you need and how to get them.
In a special double segment, Tiffany and Weer’d compare their shared history. Both started out as anti-gunners, and both have become pro-gun activists. How did that happen?
And our plug of the week is for Merrell Jungle Moc shoes.

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The GOAL Rally on the State House

Just got back! First up, the Rally was AMAZING! It will be difficult for the politicians to ignore that!

So for starters I went in with my family, Mrs. Weer’d and LaWeer’da went to the Boston Children’s Museum, and I headed up to Beacon hill.

I’m a prompt man, and actually had my wife drop me off a few blocks from where she parked so I could get there well before the rally started….as I was coming up Beacon Street I could already hear the Rally.

Statehouse Rally 1

This is at 9:45 for a 10:00 rally! And people were already speaking, I believe the early start was because several members of the Mass Legislature wanted to speak before a 10am call.

Oh and it was on BOTH sides of Beacon Street.

Statehouse Rally 2

This is again BEFORE the Rally, as things went into full swing it looked more like this.

Statehouse Rally 3

I’m not a good judge of crowds, but It was over 1,000 just from my counting. Also note it was 90 degrees out there! Us New Englanders don’t do well in the heat, but we bear it when we need to!

The Police closed down one lane of Beacon Street to make room for us, and we got a lot of support from passing cars. Also seemed like every commercial vehicle that passed was honking and giving us the Thumbs up.

Wish my pictures could do it justice, but the Capital is on the summit of Beacon hill, so everything else is below it. Jim Wallace of GOAL took some pictures from the steps which will probably show the scale even better.

Oh and Fox 25 Boston was right across the street, so they got some coverage up.

Hopefully this nonsense will resolve quickly.

**UPDATE** Just found a great video of the Rally from the other side that shows the scale MUCH better.

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More From GOAL

From Their Blog:

While the AG has “graciously” stated that: “… not be applied to possession, ownership or transfer of an Assault weapon obtained prior to July 20, 2016.” It does not mean that she can’t change her mind tomorrow or that some other entity cannot use it against us, such as local licensing authorities that use the new rules to declare an applicant unsuitable for renewal.

As a result of this chaos, many friendly public officials have offered to file emergency legislation that would offer permanent legal protection for the lawful gun owners who have purchased semi-automatic firearms. While we appreciate these genuine offers to protect our members, GOAL’s message to our government at this time is simple:

We are not asking to be forgiven for crimes we did not commit!

We hope all of our members and gun owners appreciate and support our current position, but you are not at fault! Accepting an offer to protect us would do two things:

1. Admit that we have all committed a crime despite the fact that all of these transfers were approved by the state.

2. It would be recognizing the vast expansion of the Attorney General’s NEW interpretation that will ban the future sale and possession of virtually every semi-automatic gun on the market.

While GOAL continues to confer with leaders all around the country about the best course of action, we need all citizens to attend GOAL’s rally at the State House on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 10:00 am.

Not only is AG Healey declaring that everybody who bought a semi-auto rifle in the last 12 years in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a criminal (tho she promises not to send you to jail for that) but she is essentially saying that anybody who bought a Semi-Auto rifle from 1994-2004 that wasn’t a pre-ban firearm was breaking FEDERAL law.

Note there is no ex-post facto, she has declared all “Ban Compliant” firearms, both in Massachusetts State Law, and Federal law to be “Copies” of banned guns, and therefor illegal.

It also doesn’t matter if you bought your compliant gun in 1995 and sold months later (like my WASR-10) It’s STILL a CRIME, as I bought, and possessed a “Banned Assault Weapon” by the views of the current AG….and just because she says she won’t prosecute me, doesn’t mean she can’t change her mind, or somebody else can’t.

Remember this isn’t a change in the law, just a radically different interpretation of a law that is over 22 years old, and has never been enforced as such, or adopted as such by the several states that adopted their own AWB after the 2004 Sunset.

So yeah Hopefully I’ll see some of you in the heat tomorrow!

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