Gov. Baker: Healey has right to crack down on banned weapons

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey has the right to crack down on the sale and manufacture of what she’s called copycat assault weapons.

Healey on Wednesday sent an enforcement notice to gun sellers and manufacturers clarifying what constitutes a “copy” or “duplicate” weapon under the state’s assault weapons ban.

Healey said an estimated 10,000 copycat assault weapons were sold in Massachusetts last year.

Baker said during his monthly “Ask the Governor” segment on WGBH-FM Thursday that Healey has the authority to send the notice about the assault weapons ban.

Baker said if weapons violating the assault weapons ban are being sold here, that should be dealt with. He said a big issue is clearing up any confusion about which weapons are banned and which aren’t.

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