Two weeks after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced her crackdown on assault weapons sales, gun dealers and others are still confused over how and when she issued her directive, whether she consulted with legislative leaders, and what the legal impact might be for dealers, reports CommonWealth Magazine. Some gun dealers say they received no formal notice about the directive and learned about it through the media.
Healey’s directive said copycat weapons that differ only in small ways from assault weapons banned under a 1998 state law, including AK-47s and AR-15s, are also prohibited. She announced the directive at a press conference on July 20. She said it was effective immediately and that gun dealers had been notified just the day before. Dealers sold 2,251 rifles deemed illegal on the day of her announcement as gun enthusiasts rushed to make purchases.