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Mass. semi-auto crackdown results in 2,549 rifles sold in one day

Mass. semi-auto crackdown results in 2,549 rifles sold in one day

Chris Eger | Guns.com

A unilateral decision by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to reinterpret the state’s laws on “assault weapons” resulted in a great day for gun shops statewide.

With roughly eight hours notice on Wednesday, Healy announced that she was immediately banning the sale of “copycat” rifles in the state that she felt violated the spirit of the 1998 Massachusetts assault weapon ban. Her method of reasoning focused on gun actions that are the heart of a weapon platform rather than cosmetic features such as stocks and grips.

The problem is that Healy inadvertently boosted sales of the very rifles she intended to prohibit as a rush on gun stores occurred, in some cases with customers queuing in lines that stretched out the door. In some cases, stores remained open late into the night, only closing when they ran out of inventory.

According to information from the Mass Firearms Records Bureau, some 2,549rifles were sold Wednesday, compared to just 132 on Tuesday and 51 on Monday.

Gun rights groups staged protests Thursday and plan more for this weekend, cautioning they are not intending to go down without a fight.

“I’ve been looking at the reactions that’s been going on in social media and text messages I’ve been getting, and I think that Maura Healey really stepped in it,” Massachusetts Gun Rights President Christopher Pinto told the State House News Service. “This is like the day of infamy for Maura Healey. She’s going to awaken the sleeping giant of gun owners in Massachusetts.”

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