Firearms Records Bureau v. Simkin

On November 6, 2009 Jay Edward Simkin went to a doctor’s appointment in Stoneham, Massachusetts. He used a pseudonym when he registered for the appointment and he paid cash for services rendered. An employee of the medical practice became alarmed when she discovered that Simkin was carrying firearms, even though he held a valid license to carry firearms (LTC). Hours after Simkin  left the doctor’s office, a call was placed to the Stoneham Police.

On November 13, 2009 the Massachusetts Firearms Records Bureau revoked Simkin’s LTC claiming in part, “On Friday, November 13, 2009 I spoke with the manager *** who confirmed that on Friday employees were alarmed and concerned their safety on November 6, 2009.” On February 5, 2010, the  Firearms Records Bureau refused Simkin’s request to reconsider the decision to revoke his license to carry firearms, on the grounds that he was no longer is a “suitable person” to hold such a license because he was armed during his doctor’s visit.

He has never been arrested and he was a Federally-licensed Firearms dealer who underwent extensive training in proper defensive uses of firearms and other weapons.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments in this case earlier this month and a decision is expected in August or September of this year.