Challenge to a Massachusetts law that denied firearms licenses to non-citizens.
United States District Court — District of Massachusetts (Boston)
Filed: April 15, 2011
The federal court struck down the law as applied to lawful permanent residents (i.e. green card holders). Fletcher was the first federal lawsuit filed by Comm2A.
The defendants’ reading of Heller requires a considerable analytical strain.
Under then current law, lawful alien residents of Massachusetts were prohibited from applying for the licenses required to purchase any firearm in the Commonwealth or even to possess most firearms, including all handguns and many rifles and shotguns. This suit sought to bring parity for firearms rights to legal resident aliens of the US. A parity that legal aliens possess in virtually every other jurisdiction in the US.
In addition to Comm2A, this case is supported by the Second Amendment Foundation, Inc. Joseph Hickson is the plaintiff’s attorney.