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Surrounded by police, district attorneys and clergy, Attorney General Maura Healey announces new enforcement of Massachusetts’ assault weapon ban on July, 20, 2016. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)
Surrounded by police, district attorneys and clergy, Attorney General Maura Healey announces new enforcement of Massachusetts’ assault weapon ban on July, 20, 2016. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)
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Five former Massachusetts attorneys general joined together to publicly support current Attorney General Maura Healey, after she was questioned by the Baker administration over her letter banning what she calls "copycat assault weapons."

Former AGs Frank Bellotti, Jim Shannon, Scott Harshbarger, Tom Reilly and Martha Coakley issued a statement today saying, "Attorney General Healey's actions are constitutional, lawful and consistent with the mission of her office."

But the letter has been controversial. House Public Safety Committee Co-Chair state Rep. Harold Naughton said the enforcement notice amounts to "misuse and overstepping of authority." Gov. Charlie Baker has asked for a clarification.

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Maura Healey, Massachusetts attorney general. She tweets @maura_healey.

This segment aired on July 28, 2016.

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