BOSTON (AP) — The National Rifle Association is taking aim at Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey’s enforcement notice clarifying what constitutes a “copy” or “duplicate” weapon under the state’s assault weapons ban.
The NRA is urging its supporters to call Massachusetts lawmakers to support two bills challenging the Democratic attorney general’s notice sent to gun sellers and manufacturers last July.
One bill would remove the attorney general’s authority to regulate firearms and would repeal the previous regulations. A second bill would eliminate the term “copy” from the statute, eliminating the premise behind Healey’s actions.
Last month, gun rights activists aided by the NRA filed a lawsuit targeting the state’s 1998 assault weapons ban.
Massachusetts has some of the strictest guns laws in the country.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A man is facing charges after search warrants uncovered pounds of drugs, thousands of dollars and guns.
The Statesman Journal reports the Salem Police Department says authorities found 17 pounds of methamphetamine, 5 pounds of cocaine, 1/4 pound of heroin, 10,000 oxycodone pills, 40 pounds of marijuana, and more than $40,000 in cash.
Searches also turned up five guns and two sets of body armor.
The man is being held on $1.5 million bail.
He is expected in court March 3.
It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a dispute between two cab drivers over a fare in northeast Philadelphia ended with one of them shot.
A police spokeswoman said the two argued at about 1:15 p.m. Saturday outside the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Frankford Transportation Center over who would take the next customer. Police said a 52-year-old driver took the female fare and pointed a large knife at the other 43-year-old driver before driving off, but returned a half-hour later and punched him.
The younger driver said he knew the other man had a knife so he fired his gun, hitting the older man twice in the torso and grazing him on the head. The older man was taken to Aria-Jefferson Health’s Torresdale campus. Police originally reported an arrest but a spokeswoman said Sunday that no arrests were made.
NEW YORK (AP) — Police shot and killed a robbery suspect in New York City after they say he pointed a pellet gun at them.
Officials say 18-year-old Sergio Reyes robbed a Brooklyn deli for beer early Sunday morning. Police say they responded to reports of an armed robbery around 12:40 a.m. Officials say three police officers began interviewing witnesses after arriving on the scene when they saw Reyes walking down the block.
Police say they gave the teen verbal commands to stop before he pointed a black firearm at them. Officials say the officers then shot the suspect several times.
Police say Reyes was rushed to Woodhull Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators believe the weapon was a pellet gun.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland police say an officer who fatally shot a man brandishing what turned out to be a pellet gun that looked like a rifle has used deadly force before.
Police say Sgt. Nicholas Goodman shot 22-year-old Chance David Baker. Police say Baker was walking through the parking lot of a strip mall Saturday screaming and pointing what looked like a rifle at cars. The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun.
Police say this is the second time Goodman has used deadly force. In May 2008, police say he made a traffic stop, and as he reached inside the SUV to arrest the driver, the vehicle accelerated and Goodman was dragged over 300 feet. Police say Goodman shot and killed the driver. The shooting was found to be justified.