In wake of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, last month, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday that her office is stepping up enforcement of the state's assault weapons ban.
Healey said gun manufacturers have been marketing state compliant copycat versions of assault weapons to Massachusetts buyers, skirting the assault weapons ban passed back in the 90s.
"We're putting them on notice today that the law is the law, and there's clarity about that, make no mistake about that, these guns cannot be sold here in Massachusetts," Healey said.
With the announcement, it seemed more like holiday shopping Wednesday evening at the Four Seasons Firearms and Accessories store in Woburn, as people waited in line for hours to buy rifles.
Alex Gedaminsky said he bought a Ruger A-R 15.
"It was one of the last ones left," said Gedaminsky. "It cost me with tax 720 bucks pretty much everyone who's left in the store won't be able to get one sadly because they're running out."
Malden resident Mike Mabery also waited in line for hours to make a purchase.
"We all got a laugh when we pulled into the parking lot, obviously like minded people," he said.
Healey said they are not enforcing the law against people that have a copycat weapon already.
As for gun dealers, if they have anything left, they can sell their stock to other stores in different states where they are legal.