The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a lawsuit in
U.S. District Court against Boston, Massachusetts Police Commissioner
Michael Cox, in his official capacity, over substantial and untenable
delays in the police department’s processing of firearms license
is joined by the Firearms Policy Coalition, Commonwealth Second
Amendment and four private citizens, Leslie Good, Kenley Exume, Robert
Cox and Rudolph White. They are represented by attorneys David Jensen,
Jensen & Associates in Beacon, N.Y., and Jason A. Guida at Principe
& Strasnick in Saugus, Mass.
lawsuit alleges the Boston Police Department’s licensing unit makes
gun license applicants “wait for many months before it provides them
with appointments” to be fingerprinted in order to complete their
applications. The average delay appears to be in excess of six months,
which directly delays the commencement of the background check process.
to the lawsuit, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020,
the Licensing unit stopped processing or accepting applications for
Firearm Identification (FID) cards or Licenses to Carry (LTC). When
operations were finally resumed, there was a huge backlog of applicants
who were placed on a waiting list, which quickly grew into the
thousands. This process took months, and only then could they begin the
licensing procedure, for which state law allows a maximum of 40 days.
2021 we sued over the delay and the case was ultimately settled at
mediation,” recalled SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M.
Gottlieb. “The wait list was to be eliminated by Oct. 31, 2021. However,
this year the Licensing Unit is back to its same old foot dragging,
making people wait for months to begin the application process. As a
result, we’re back in court to make the department comply with the law.”
is no plausible explanation for these delays,” said SAF Executive
Director Adam Kraut. “We can only conclude the commissioner has adopted a
policy or instituted a practice of delaying applications for many
months, which amounts to deprivation of rights under color of law. We’re
hoping the court provides a quick resolution to this practice and stops