"The [Evil, Wicked, Dastardly] gun industry has found a way to exploit our laws, a loophole of potentially horrific proportions. And it’s time we act." "In the face of utter inaction by Congress, states have a duty to enact and enforce laws that protect people from gun violence. "
The Massachusetts AG reserves the right to expand the definition of "assault weapons” beyond what was enacted into law by the Massachusetts legislature, to include firearms which the AG deems to be copies, likes, similar to or having the same operating system, or somewhat functional nature to that defined in the law.
This closes a “loophole” that allowed guns not defined in the law as “assault weapons” to be sold in the Commonwealth.
“Assault weapon”, shall have the same meaning as a semiautomatic assault weapon as defined in the federal Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, 18 U.S.C. section 921(a)(30) as appearing in such section on September 13, 1994, and shall include, but not be limited to, any of the weapons, or copies or duplicates of the weapons, of any caliber, known as: (i) Avtomat Kalashnikov (AK) (all models); (ii) Action Arms Israeli Military Industries UZI and Galil; (iii) Beretta Ar70 (SC-70); (iv) Colt AR-15; (v) Fabrique National FN/FAL, FN/LAR and FNC; (vi) SWD M-10, M-11, M-11/9 and M-12; (vi) Steyr AUG; (vii) INTRATEC TEC-9, TEC-DC9 and TEC-22; and (viii) revolving cylinder shotguns, such as, or similar to, the Street Sweeper and Striker 12; provided, however, that the term assault weapon shall not include: (i) any of the weapons, or replicas or duplicates of such weapons, specified in appendix A to 18 U.S.C. section 922 as appearing in such appendix on September 13, 1994, as such weapons were manufactured on October 1, 1993; (ii) any weapon that is operated by manual bolt, pump, lever or slide action; (iii) any weapon that has been rendered permanently inoperable or otherwise rendered permanently unable to be designated a semiautomatic assault weapon; (iv) any weapon that was manufactured prior to the year 1899; (v) any weapon that is an antique or relic, theatrical prop or other weapon that is not capable of firing a projectile and which is not intended for use as a functional weapon and cannot be readily modified through a combination of available parts into an operable assault weapon; (vi) any semiautomatic rifle that cannot accept a detachable magazine that holds more than five rounds of ammunition; or (vii) any semiautomatic shotgun that cannot hold more than five rounds of ammunition in a fixed or detachable magazine.
You see, the law does not mean what is written into statutes. The law is a “living and breathing” document, that can mean much, much more than what the words say, and can be interpreted by caring and impassioned public servants with Progressive Values to mean whatever the hell they want it to mean.
You know, like with a pen and a phone.
This decree pretty much bans all semi-autoloadinglong rifles from being sold in the state of Massachusetts.