Gun rights supporters were up in arms last year over Attorney General Maura Healey's crackdown on so-called copycat assault weapons. Now, gun owners are backing plans on Beacon Hill to strip Healey of those powers.

The Legislature's public safety committee heard a collection of bills that would take the authority to regulate firearm sales and manufacturing away from the Attorney General's office. Healey used that authority in July 2016 to ban military-style weapons that she said had been modified to get around the state's ban on assault rifles.

"There was no due process in her interpretation and I find that very disturbing that our legislation needs to work on reining in rogue government agencies and personnels," Bellingham firearms instructor and hunter Amanda Deveno told lawmakers at a hearing Thursday.

It's unlikely the overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature has any appetite to alter Healey's firearms authority or to reverse her enforcement decisions.