Crackdown on copycat assault weapons

Gun rights advocates have challenged Healey's crackdown.

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – State House Speaker Robert DeLeo says he’s not sure if Attorney General Maura Healey overstepped her authority when she imposed a crackdown on copycat assault weapons.

DeLeo said Saturday that the House would not take any action on the gun issue, and he expects the courts to rule on it.

Rep. John Fernandes, a Milford Democrat, sent a letter to Healey asking her to clarify under what authority she acted when she recently sent an enforcement letter to gun dealers.

Gun rights advocates have challenged Healey’s crackdown. The Democrat says the sale of “copy” or “duplicate” weapons are illegal under the state’s assault weapons ban.

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