Gun rights activists file lawsuit targeting state gun laws

BOSTON (AP) — Gun rights activists have filed a lawsuit to end what they call the state’s unconstitutional firearms laws.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court by the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts and other groups specifically targets the state’s assault weapons ban that they say prevents law-abiding residents from buying and keeping in their homes the most popular rifles in the country, as well as most standard capacity magazines.

The lawsuit argues millions of citizens in other states are allowed to lawfully possess the weapons.

The lawsuit also seeks to invalidate Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey’s enforcement notice to gun sellers and manufacturers clarifying what constitutes a “copy” or “duplicate” weapon under the state’s 1998 assault weapons ban.

Healey said Tuesday she will vigorously defend the state’s laws.

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