Fetherston: Healey’s gun rule violates trust

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Fetherston: Healey’s gun rule violates trust

MetroWest Daily News

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has grossly violated the public trust. Scheming to enhance her state-level and national employment prospects, A.G. Healey has arrogantly and recklessly threatened, with government force, the peace and security of law-abiding individuals, families, and family-owned businesses across our state.

In July of this year, disguising a new regulation as a mere “Enforcement Notice,” A.G. Healey deployed a novel set of bully tactics against duly licensed gun owners and dealers. A.G. Healey blatantly and thoroughly ignored the Constitutional principle of due process, which is expressed in the commonwealth’s administrative-procedures statute (M.G.L. Chapter 30A), when, without holding public hearings and soliciting public comments, she fabricated two unprecedented engineering tests and, thus, illegally broadened the application of the commonwealth’s assault-weapons statute (M.G.L. Chapter 140, Sections 121 & 131M).

Former Massachusetts attorneys general Scott Harshbarger, Tom Reilly, and Martha Coakley (all Democrats) believe this re-interpretation of Massachusetts gun law to be so obvious and praiseworthy. Yet, none of them conjured it before. Why? Because A.G. Healey’s new interpretation is, in fact, radical. Between 1994 and 2004, regulators at the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (B.A.T.F.) had responsibility for enforcing the federal assault-weapons ban from which the Massachusetts ban was derived almost verbatim in 1998. Never accused of being some lapdog of the firearms industry, the B.A.T.F. never developed anything like A.G. Healey’s new interpretation of the shared statutory language.

Although A.G. Healey continues to claim that that she has no intention of pursuing prior infractions, several critical questions do arise. In the future, what will prevent A.G. Healey from changing her mind relative to enforcement against licensed gun owners and dealers who have consistently acted in good faith and whose sanitized semiautomatic rifles, pistols, and shotguns have already been approved by the Massachusetts Instant Record Check System? What will prevent A.G. Healey from attempting to comb through the transactional data which is held by the Massachusetts Firearms Records Bureau? What will prevent A.G. Healey from issuing notices which declare “You can remove it or you can surrender it or we can seize it?” What will prevent A.G. Healey from grabbing hundreds of thousands of now-offending autoloading firearms which have entered circulation in our state over the course of the last 22 years? And, moreover, what will prevent independently elected district attorneys, as well as A.G. Healey’s successors, from using Ms. Healey’s “Enforcement Notice” as the foundation for their own charges against tens of thousands of honest, vetted Massachusetts residents?

Ultimately, does anyone among your readers dare to ask either himself or herself, “Have I purchased; inherited; hand-assembled; given or received as a gift; or relocated into Massachusetts with a reclassified gun?” Your readers, “The People,” deserve better than to be subjected to intimidation by threat of prosecution and long-term imprisonment. A.G. Healey should not be allowed to decorate her resume with their hides or raise her political profile atop their bones. Ms. Healey does not deserve to be the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Jon A. Fetherston is chairman of the Ashland Republican Town Committee.

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3 thoughts on “Fetherston: Healey’s gun rule violates trust

  • She definitely has to go. We the non criminal that obey the law are target of this A.G we have to be together and take her out of office.

  • It’s Time to GET INVOLVED and STAY INVOLVED and Spread the Word of the Destruction of American Values and Ideals (Not to mention Laws) that Made America what it is. Time for real Patriots to Step Forward and Step Up and Take Back our States GOP Party and Make Massachusetts Great Again. Time to clean the Massachusetts Corruption Swamps.

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