Congressional delegation backs enforcement of assault weapons ban

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey speaks to reporters outside of the West Wing of the White House on May 24, 2016. Healey attended an event on preventing gun violence. / AFP PHOTO/AFP/Getty Images
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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey spoke to reporters at the White House on May 24 after an event on preventing gun violence.

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