AG Healey hides info behind iron curtain of secrecy

Attorney General Healey yesterday responded to GOAL’s FOIA request for documents leading to her July 2016 enforcement notice. While we have not yet received any promised documents, one thing is perfectly clear in her response; Healey affirms her belief that licensed gun owners in Massachusetts are a threat to public safety. She also believes we do not deserve transparency.

GOAL believes that everyone deserves transparency from our government. We asked for transparency from Attorney General Healey and yesterday received notice from her basically denying it. She continues to hide behind an iron curtain of secrecy, refusing to disclose any real information regarding the genesis of her enforcement notice. She cites her “ongoing investigation” into gun safety and that releasing this information could threaten people’s lives.

This is an insult to all gun owners.

AG Healey demands transparency from others – while failing to provide it.  Do as I say – not as I do.  GOAL waited over 120 days for the Attorney General to comply with the law and answer our FOIA request.

It should have taken 10 days.  Her failure to follow the law is the height of hypocrisy.

What is Healey hiding?

No one is above the law – not even the Attorney General.


Summary of the GOAL FOIA Request and AG Healey’s Response

GOAL Requested:

1. Information and records used by the AG from federal and state law enforcement agencies on individuals committing any crime with a semi-automatic rifle, deemed now an “assault weapon”, that she used to formulate for her July enforcement notice.

2. Information and records used by the AG from federal and state law enforcement agencies on individuals committing any crime with an “AR-15 style” rifles, deemed now an “assault weapon”, that she used to formulate for her July enforcement notice.

3. Information and records used by the AG from federal and state law enforcement agencies on individuals committing any crime with an “AK-style style” rifles, deemed now an “assault weapon”, that she used to formulate for her July enforcement notice

4. Information and records used by the AG from federal and state law enforcement agencies on individuals committing any crime with Massachusetts compliant semi-automatic rifles that were declared illegal under AG Healey’s July 20, 2016 enforcement notice.

Exemptions Claimed:
– Deliberative process – still ongoing enforcement notice deliberations
– Investigatory exemption – jeopardize law enforcement investigation by her office
– Public Safety exemption – would jeopardize the lives of others if information is revealed.

5. Information on communications and correspondence with anti-civil rights organizations that are opposed to the 2nd amendment including, but not limited to, the Democratic National Committee, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Actions.

Exemptions Claimed:
– Investigatory exemption – jeopardize law enforcement investigation by her office
– Public Safety exemption – would jeopardize the lives of others if information is revealed.

6. Information, records or testimony utilized by the AG from the MA Legislature or the Executive Office of Public Safety on formulating her July Enforcement notice

Exemption Claimed:
– Attorney General claims they utilized no records or information from either of these sources to formulate her July enforcement notice.

7. Information, correspondence, or records gained from other state’s Attorneys General, another attorney or legal office that represents an organization or group promoting firearms restrictions and/or gun control measures utilized by the AG to formulate the July enforcement notice.

Exemption Claimed:
– Deliberative process

8. Information, correspondence, and records from firearms experts or consultants, law enforcement experts or other sources utilized to add firearms to the list of banned firearms in her July 2016 enforcement notice.

Exemption Claimed:
– Investigatory exemption

9. Information, correspondence, and records from firearms experts, consultants, law enforcement experts or other sources to consult on firearms that were already banned in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Exemption Claimed:
– Investigatory exemption

10. Information, correspondence, and records from firearms experts, etc that led to the new interpretation of firearms as “copies or duplicates” under her July 2016 enforcement notice.

Exemption Claimed:
– Investigatory exemption

Look for a GOAL alert shortly after the holidays regarding future actions.




FOIA Response Provides No Transparency
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