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Congressional delegation backs enforcement of assault weapons ban

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey spoke to reporters at the White House on May 24 after an event on preventing gun violence.AFP/Getty Images

We are proud to stand united in our support for Attorney General Maura Healey as she courageously works to enforce the assault weapons ban.

Maura Healey is not creating new laws. She is enforcing a law the state legislature put on the books nearly 20 years ago to protect our communities from gun violence. And, as Attorney General, she has that authority and responsibility.

Massachusetts has already seen a decline in assault weapon sales and significant compliance by manufacturers and gun dealers since the announcement. Healey’s leadership is making our communities safer.

Furthermore, the hateful rhetoric used against her is disgraceful and does nothing to further the debate or make our communities better. Hate speech has no place in our Commonwealth.

Senator Elizabeth Warren
Senator Edward J. Markey
Representative Richard E. Neal
Representative James McGovern
Representative Niki Tsongas
Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III
Representative Katherine Clark
Representative Seth Moulton
Representative Michael E. Capuano
Representative Stephen F. Lynch
Representative William Keating