One of the several services this office provides is assistance with the preparation of applicants for Massachusetts Licenses to Carry Firearms, the issuance of which is far from automatic. The law affords police chiefs with wide latitude and discretion when it comes to firearms licensing. In addition to demonstrating that a License to Carry applicant is suitable and qualified to hold such a license, the burden is on the applicant to prove that he or she has a “proper purpose” for the license. Massachusetts Firearms Attorney Jesse Cohen and his colleagues can help with this. We assist in all phases of the License to Carry Application process.
Sometimes existing LTC holders engage our services to have restrictions on their firearms licenses removed. For example, a license holder may have the need to carry a firearm for personal protection or all lawful purposes. In many cases, Attorney Cohen has been able to convince a licensing official to upgrade a license restricted to “sporting and target” to “all lawful purposes,” which allows the holder to legally carry a handgun in Massachusetts for his or her personal protection. This service is becoming increasingly popular as some police departments have become restrictive when issuing Class A LTCs for All Lawful Purposes (ALP.)
If your Firearms Identification Card (FID) or License to Carry Firearms (LTC) is suspended or revoked or you are denied such a license, you have the right to challenge the adverse action in District Court. Focusing exclusively on Firearms Laws, Attorney Cohen has developed a unique expertise when it comes to appeals of firearms license revocations, suspensions, and denials. Using methods which some would claim are unconventional, he maintains an impressive record of success.
Sometimes clients are statutorily disqualified from holding a LTC or FID, based on Chapter 180 of the Acts of 1988. In these cases, Attorney Cohen and his colleagues are often able to remove the statutory disqualifer by vacating the disqualifying conviction or bringing the case before the Massachusetts Firearms License Review Board (FLRB).
Also, when Massachusetts gun owners face criminal charges, Attorney Cohen and his colleagues are available to provide top notch criminal defense. Common criminal charges involve providing false information on a license to carry application and the unsafe storage of firearms in violation of G.L. c. 140 Sec. 131L. Our lawyers represent responsible gun owners in courts throughout Massachusetts in a wide variety of criminal cases, usually involving the possession, carrying, storage, or sale of firearms, rifles, or shoguns. The firm also serves as counsel to several gun stores and Federal Firearms License (FFL) holders in Massachusetts.
Although sealed records can and will be used in firearms licensing determinations, including sealed juvenile records, this office routinely assists our clients in sealing their criminal records. In Massachusetts, the sealing process does not eliminate the record. However, it dramatically reduces who can see the record, so most prospective employers, landlords, private investigators, and the general public will not have access to or even see the record, once it is sealed. Furthermore, once a person’s record is sealed, he or she can legally answer “no record” on job applications. Contact a lawyer by filling out the contact form on this site if you would like to have your Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) sealed.
If your case or requires a legal service that we do not provide, we are happy to refer you to a trusted lawyer who has demonstrated that he or she has outstanding qualifications based on his or her performance in prior cases.