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Gun Makers Face Off With Mass. AG Over Internal Records

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 Mass. AG Maura Healey

By    |   Monday, 12 Sep 2016 11:52 AM

 After Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey used the state's consumer protection law to seek internal records from gun manufacturers, weapon makers Glock and Remington filed suit against her, saying she is unfairly targeting the firearms industry.

In the court filing, Glock said Healey intends to "harass an industry that the attorney general finds distasteful and to make political headlines by pursuing members of the firearms industry," according to The Washington Free Beacon.

Glock's handguns can only be sold to law enforcement personnel in Massachusetts. Healey's counter-filing said that her investigation is not based on "animus toward Glock or more broadly, by animus toward guns," the Free Beacon reported.

Healey said Glocks can still be bought from third parties on the second-hand market.

"Irrespective of whether the sales were made legally or not, there are a large number of Glock guns in the hands of Massachusetts consumers," she said.

Healey, in her filing, cited three instances of negligent discharges. The Free Beacon reported that none of her examples involved manufacturing defects.

Healey's director of communications, Cyndi Roy Gonzalez said, "There are scores of public reports about defects involving firearms, including accidental firing, misfiring, overheating problems and low 'trigger pull' leading to horrific stories of accidental shootings by children."

Gonzalez said the Massachusetts investigation is warranted because federal oversight is subpar.

"Many years ago, the gun industry managed to exempt itself from federal consumer product safety oversight, resulting in no public access to consumer complaints about the guns they manufacture. This lack of transparency is unlike nearly every other consumer product sold in this country," Gonzalez said, according to the Free Beacon.

Gonzalez told The Boston Globe earlier in September, "It's unfortunate that these gun manufacturers have taken our office to court rather than comply with a simple request for consumer complaints and related information."

The Free Beacon reported that The Second Amendment Foundation's Alan Gottlieb questioned Healey's reasons for pursuing the case.

"Attorney General Healey has declared war on guns. Her goal is to eliminate gun ownership. What we need is a ban on assault politicians who do not respect constitutional rights."

This is not Healey's first attempt at addressing gun issues in her state. In July, Healey moved to bar sales of rifles that had been altered to evade the state's ban on assault weapons, according to the Globe.

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After Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey used the state's consumer protection law to seek internal records from gun manufacturers, weapon makers Glock and Remington filed suit against her, saying she is unfairly targeting the firearms industry. In the court filing,...
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