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A lawsuit that went toe to toe with Massachusett's assault weapon ban has officially been dismissed. Judge William Young explained his decision by stating that assault weapons were outside of the "scope of the personal right to bear arms."
The suit was filed by a handful of groups including the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts. The argument at the forefront being that the law, written up in 1998, was infringing on Second Amendment rights. Maura Healey seems excited she wont have to worry about, as she classifies them, "weapons of war."
Today’s decision vindicates the right of the people to protect themselves from weapons of war. https://t.co/qGpIe4Envn— Maura Healey (@MassAGO) April 6, 2018
“These are weapons of war that belong on the battlefield, and we were pleased today to see yet another court agree with that stance” - co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Kris Brown
Healey’s campaign against assault weapons was fueled following the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando (2016). A 29-year-old security guard, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people using a semi-automatic rifle and a semi-automatic pistol.