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!