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Gun rights activists plan to gather in Pittsfield Friday to protest Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s crackdown on so-called copycat assault weapons.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announces a crackdown on illegal sales of assault weapons Wednesday.
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In the wake of recent shootings across the nation, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday announced a crackdown on illegal sales of assault weapons. The Democrat says her office has sent notices and offered direction to the 350 gun dealers in the state about weapons she says gun manufacturers alter and market as Massachusetts compliant.

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In the wake of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 victims, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says one of the weapons used to carry out the attack, an AR-15, should not publicly available.

“But this particular kind of weapon, a military-style assault weapon, to my mind has no place in our communities or in the hands of civilians,” Healey said. “They are weapons that are and intended to be for military use and for the use of law enforcement personnel.”

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If you have an assault rifle or illegal handgun,  you have a chance to turn it in.

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The opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York SAFE Act continues to ramp up this week. One Central New York Assemblyman has proposed new legislation amending the law to change how ‘assault weapons’ banned by it are defined. WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke recently with 118th District Assemblyman Marc Butler about his proposal.

As they said they would following the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Democrats today unveiled legislation that would ban assault-style weapons.

The lead lawmaker, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, has summed up the legislation's key points this way:

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The majority leader of the Vermont state Senate says he's withdrawing a bill that would have reinstated in Vermont a now-expired federal assault weapons ban.

Democratic Senator Philip Baruth, of Chittenden County, says there's not enough support among his colleagues and there's mounting opposition from outside the Statehouse.


A Vermont gun club has barred a city’s police department from its firing range after city leaders approved a measure that could lead to an assault weapons ban.

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Today, New York is expected to become the first state to enact major gun control policy following last month’s tragic elementary school shooting in Connecticut.

The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement, or SAFE Act, includes a ban on all pre-1994 high capacity ammunition magazines, a ban on any magazine that holds over 7 rounds, and real-time background checks on ammunition purchases to alert law enforcement of high volume purchasing.

Update at 1:25 p.m. ET. Announcement on Wednesday:

The White House says President Obama and Vice President Biden will unveil the steps they intend to take and legislation they recommend to reduce gun violence at 11:45 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

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The organizers of a Vermont gun show say they will allow the display and sale of assault weapons despite a request by the mayor of Barre that the weapons not be displayed in the aftermath of last month's school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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Following the mass shooting at a school in Connecticut, the mayor of Barre, Vermont wants a ban on military-style assault weapons being sold at an annual gun show.

The Barre Fish and Game Gun Show will be held at the Barre Auditorium in February.

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Governor Peter Shumlin says the rest of the country should look to Vermont on how to manage firearms, but he'll leave it to Congress to debate access to military-style assault weapons.

Shumlin says Vermont has a strong hunting culture and strong support for the right to own and use firearms. But he tolds The Burlington Free Press, "People don't use machines of war to shoot whitetail deer."

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In the wake of the recent school shooting in Connecticut a city councilor in Vermont's largest city has drafted a proposed municipal charter change to ban ownership of assault weapons with high-capacity ammunition clips in the city.