Gun group files copycat FOIA request with Mass. AG Healey
By Evan Lips | August 31, 2016, 11:35 EDT
BOSTON — The Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts announced Wednesday morning it has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, requesting documents that may shine a light on the process involved in her recent interpretation of state firearm laws.
Healey’s office earlier this month refused to turn over documents related to an identical FOIA request filed by a citizen from Holden.
“We will have more details on this soon,” the organization announced on its Facebook page. “We look forward to a response from her office.”
In explaining her decision to deny Holden resident David Reinhart’s request for documents he figured would show how Healey arrived at her decision to ban so-called “copycat” assault rifles, Healey’s office cited a state public records exemption dealing with “materials that possess a deliberative or policy-making character and relate to an ongoing deliberative process.”
Reinhart is appealing the decision and argues that the deliberative process ended when Healey issued her July 20 order.
Immediately after GOAL took to Facebook to announce its intention to file a FOIA request, a commenter linked to the New Boston Post’s coverage of Reinhart’s ordeal and noted that Healey’s office has already “shot down” an identical request.
“If she does it will only give us more fuel for the fire of public outrage that has been lit against her,” GOAL responded, regarding the potential for a repeat denial.