Lawsuit Challenges Gun Law
On the Monday after the inauguration, a lawsuit to challenge the 1998 state law to ban rifles like the AK-47 and AR-15 was challenged by guns rights activists. The advocates sued Massachusetts over the ban that also includes guns that have replaced folding stocks or removed flash suppressors.
The gun owners and activists are backed by the National Rifle Association. They said the decision by Attorney General Maura Healey violates their right to bear arms, which is protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Assault Weapons In America
The lawsuit reads, “Massachusetts prohibits firearms it pejoratively defines as ‘assault weapons,’ which is a non-technical, entirely fabricated, and political term of uncertain definition and scope.”
Specifically, the document said that 1.2 million weapons were sold across America in 2014 and approximately one in five of those were similar to the ones being banned by the law.
Healey spokeswoman Jillian Fennimore said, “The assault weapons ban keeps dangerous, military-style weapons off of our streets. We will vigorously defend the law and continue our enforcement efforts.”
The Never-Ending Gun Rights Debate
Gun control has always been hot debate in America, especially while President Obama held the white house. Advocates will continue to fight to keep the Second Amendment in place, while the government tries to take guns away for theories about safety.
Gun control advocates will continue to claim that guns result in school shootings, but they seem to miss the point that these issues are mental health issues and not gun issues.
Massachusetts, which leans heavily to the Left on gun control, has some of the strictest regulations on guns in the country. Despite how heavily they lean to the Left, it’s important to hold on to Constitution rights with both hands, despite what the Left wants to change.
Do you think these weapons should be banned from Americans willing to take the proper gun-control procedures?