No Clarity in AG’s New Interpretations of MA Gun Laws – GOAL Cautions Firearms Community on Communication with AG’s Office!
Gun Owners’ Action League’s headquarters is understandably inundated with calls, emails, tweets, you name it, looking for answers. The questions are all over the map from every angle of the gun owner community. The answer to all of these questions is simple – we don’t know.
The action that the attorney general released is so incredibly vague that any attempt to provide legal interpretation could be disastrous.
Because the first offense of the gun laws Healey reinvented is up to ten years in prison, giving bad legal advice is just too much of a risk. Regardless of what anyone thinks they know about this action, please keep in mind the last line of the Enforcement Notice:
“The AGO reserves the right to alter or amend this guidance.
GOAL has also learned that the AG is currently seeking information from the firearms industry regarding customer lists and manufacturing dates. With this new information, it is clear that the actions the MA Attorney General took on July 20, 2016 are just the beginning. The AG is clearly planning a future attack and the lack of action on behalf of the legislature has given her their blessing to continue.
As a result, we are recommending that all gun owners, retailers, and manufacturers cease any and all communications with the Office of the Attorney General unless it includes assistance by legal counsel. Any person who could potentially be in violation of the new interpretations, or a further amendment of them, may be subject to future prosecution. This means any information you might give that office, no matter how innocuous, could easily be used against you.
This is not to say that all citizens should not comply with the laws in regards to licensing and transfer reporting requirements.
We would also strongly recommend that if the Attorney General, or other agency, contacts you, requesting information, that you do not respond until you have consulted legal counsel. Also, it is critical that any legal counsel you seek is an expert on firearms and constitutional law. (see link above)
If you are not sure how to proceed, please contact GOAL first.