So this week, let’s talk about two attorney generals on opposite sides of the country. Both are in deeply blue states trying to push for new restrictions on assault weapons.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has decided to throw her weight around by arbitrarily expanding the definition of an assault weapon. Massachusetts has a ban on cosmetic AR features. If your weapon has 2 of the listed features, then it is an assault weapon:
- A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon.
- A folding or telescoping stock.
- A grenade launcher or flare launcher.
- A flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor;
- A bayonet lug
The bayonet lug is always my favorite AR cosmetic feature. But AG Healey decided this wasn’t good enough. So even though the law says clearly that with 1 or none of these features, it isn’t an assault weapon. Reuters explains that “Healey’s statement said gun manufacturers made versions with minor tweaks to various parts of the weapon. Copycat guns are sold, for example, without a flash suppressor or with a fixed instead of folding stock.”
These AR bans are like trying to stop people from breaking the speed limit by banning spoilers on Honda Civics. So now Civics are made without spoilers, but that isn’t enough because we still hate civics. So we are going to arbitrarily decide that civics without spoilers (the only banned feature) are also banned, even though the do not have anything on the banned checklist. Meanwhile, we ignore corvettes, mustangs, Cameros, or the reasons that people choose not to obey the speed limit. But golly gee, we sure feel good about ourselves.
So that wasn’t enough for AG Healey. She decided to go after Glock and Remington through extremely intrusive lawsuits. Author Michael Levinson states that “Healey argues Glock firearms are “prone to accidental discharge” and makes clear in court papers that she is concerned the company may have been warned about the problem and failed to act.”
Glocks aren’t available for purchase in Massachusets by civilians; only law enforcement agencies can purchase them for their officers. Glock contends ” the “true purpose” of her investigation is “to harass an industry that the attorney general finds distasteful and to make political headlines by pursing members of the firearm industry.”” They also state that ,Healey is misusing her investigative powers “for the ulterior purpose of harassing an out-of-state company that does not engage in in-state consumer sales.”” I find it interesting that in 30 years of Glock production, Healey can only two incidents to prove here claim that Glocks are “prone to accidental discharge.”
Meanwhile, in Washington State, Attorney General Bob Ferguson is pushing for an Assault Weapons ban and a magazine capacity restriction. And of course, he recommend s that rifles with a pistol grip, collapsible stock, flash suppressor, or bayonet lug fall under this proposal. So once again, rifles that have no change in functionality will become the standard semi-auto in another state that thinks removing the fly from men’s underwear will stop rapes.