Smith & Wesson gives $500,000 to fight Massachusetts assault rifle ban

This is not surprising that a gun manufacture who profits from selling weapons of war would fight a ban on assault style weapons in Massachusetts. Read the excellent description by the MA Attorney General as to why the ban is important and then sign the petition to support this crucial ban -

“Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson has donated $500,000 to the US’s largest gun industry trade body to help its fightback against the Massachusetts attorney general’s ban on the sale of assault rifles to civilians.

“Maura Healey, the Massachuetts attorney general, last month moved to close a loophole that allowed the sale of assault rifles, which are illegal under the state’s assault weapons ban, after the firearms manufacturers had been given what Healey regards as ‘small tweaks’.

“Healey said that following the horrific atrocity in Orlando, in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured at the hands of an attacker using an AR15-style rifle and a handgun, the state would no longer let gun manufacturers ‘exploit our laws’.

“‘The gun industry has found a way to exploit our laws, a loophole of potentially horrific proportions. And it’s time we act,’ she explained in an impassioned editorial in the Boston Globe. ‘It’s no surprise the Orlando killer chose an AR-15 style assault rifle. It’s a weapon of war, originally created for combat, and designed to kill many people in a short amount of time with incredible accuracy. It’s in the same category as weapons chosen by killers in Newtown, Aurora, and San Bernardino. These are not weapons of self-defense. They are weapons used to commit mass murder. And they have no business being in civilian hands.’”

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