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Massachusetts Gun Restrictions Get Appellate Review

Massachusetts Gun Restrictions Get Appellate Review

Judges on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday in which people are challenging the constitutionality of firearm licensing policies in a couple of Massachusetts cities, including Boston.

One of the key arguments on behalf of the complainants is that Boston and Brookline impose an unconstitutional requirement for would-be gun carriers to prove they have a reason to fear that violence will be perpetrated upon them. He cited the Supreme Court’s Heller ruling in his argument before the three-judge panel.

Lawyers for the municipalities rebutted that, saying the law is not a blanket ban on carrying arms in public.

The case was heard on the East Coast just days after the 9th Circuit, based in San Francisco, issued a ruling that said Hawaii was too restrictive when it came to determining whether to allow someone to carry.

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