Attorney General Healey battling on guns, global warming

BOSTON (AP) - Midway through her second year in office, Attorney General Maura Healey finds herself fighting two very different battles on two very different fronts.

The latest kerfuffle blew up earlier this month after the Democrat announced a crackdown on what she described as copycat weapons that she said violated the state’s 1998 assault weapons ban.

Hundreds of gun rights activists protested the action and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker sent a letter to Healey saying she needed to clarify her enforcement notice.

The second clash came over a very different perceived threat: global warming.

This past week, Healey and her New York counterpart refused to comply with congressional subpoenas seeking records about their investigations into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about man-made climate change.

The refusal was part of an escalating political fight.

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