Jay Gonzalez Calls for Ban on Manufacturing of Assault Weapons In Massachusetts

To Attend 3:00 Rally at Smith & Wesson Headquarters This Afternoon

CAMBRIDGE – Wednesday, March 14, 2018 — In advance of today’s student-led rally outside of the Springfield headquarters of gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson, Democratic candidate for Governor is calling for a state ban on the manufacture of assault weapons that are intended for sale to civilians.

“Weapons that cannot be legally purchased in Massachusetts should not be manufactured in our state,” said Gonzalez. “The legislature should act with urgency to outlaw the production of assault weapons, which are the favored choice of those committed to killing as many people as they can.”

A Smith & Wesson AR-15 was used in the Parkland shooting last month.  The Massachusetts-based gun manufacturer also produced the weapons used in other mass shootings, including in Aurora, Colorado and San Bernadino, California.

“In the absence of action at the federal level, we need to do everything we can at the state level to prevent these weapons of war from killing any more kids anywhere in this country.” Gonzalez said. “Now more than ever we need real leadership right here in Massachusetts on gun control. Instead, Governor Baker threatens to weaken our gun laws. I will be a strong advocate for gun control at the national level and will work to strengthen our laws here in Massachusetts.”

Gonzalez’s call today adds to a comprehensive plan to combat gun violence previously released, which includes 17 specific measures, such as:

  • Supporting extreme risk protective order legislation
  • Opposing national concealed carry reciprocity
  • Supporting the reinstatement of the federal assault weapons ban
  • Strengthening pre-sale background checks by private sellers

To read more about Gonzalez’s comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence, visit jay4ma.com/gun-reform.