Gun rights activists rally at Massachusetts State House

Hundreds of gun rights advocates have rallied outside the Massachusetts State House to protest Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey’s crackdown on the sale and manufacture of what she’s called copycat assault weapons.

Activists attending the Saturday rally said Healey is taking rogue actions that will turn thousands of gun owners into “future felons.”

Some waived “Don’t Tread on Me” flags. One held a poster depicting Healey with a Hitler moustache and the words “Heil Healey.”

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, including copies of the Colt AR-15 and the Kalashnikov AK-47.

Healey said the rule won’t be enforced against gun owners who bought weapons prior to the notice being sent out.

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