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Successfully Challenging a License to Carry Suspension in Dorchester, Boston

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In the realm of firearms law, particularly in the Boston area, the suspension of a License to Carry (LTC) can be a significant hurdle for lawful gun owners. Our recent experience at the Boston Municipal Court in Dorchester underscores the effectiveness of a proactive legal approach. This blog details how our team, dedicated to defending the rights of Boston firearms owners, managed to have a client’s LTC reinstated without the need for a prolonged legal battle.

Understanding the Background

Our client, a responsible firearm owner in Boston, faced an unexpected suspension of their License to Carry. The suspension came as a surprise and with minimal explanation, leaving our client uncertain about their rights and future ability to lawfully possess firearms. Given the complex nature of firearms laws in Massachusetts and the strict scrutiny observed in Boston, this suspension posed a significant challenge.

Strategic Legal Action

Upon taking the case, our first step was to thoroughly understand the reasons behind the suspension. Boston’s criteria for suspending a firearms license can include a variety of factors, from administrative errors to more serious allegations. We requested a hearing at the Boston Municipal Court in Dorchester to review and contest the suspension.

Recognizing the importance of a detailed and informed defense, we requested discovery. This legal process is crucial as it allows us to obtain all relevant evidence and documentation that the Boston Police Department had against our client regarding the LTC suspension. The objective was clear: gather sufficient information to challenge the suspension effectively and restore our client’s rights.

The Turn of Events

Upon our request for discovery, something notable happened — the Boston Police opted not to pursue the matter further. Instead of presenting evidence and continuing with the suspension, they chose to reinstate our client’s License to Carry. This decision likely stemmed from our proactive legal stance and the indication that we were prepared to rigorously defend our client’s rights in court.

Key Takeaways for Boston Firearms Owners

This outcome is a testament to the importance of having skilled legal representation when facing issues related to firearms licensing in Boston. Here are a few takeaways for anyone in a similar situation:

  1. Act Quickly: If your LTC is suspended, it is crucial to seek legal advice immediately to understand your rights and options.
  2. Understand the Process: Familiarize yourself with the firearms licensing laws in Massachusetts and the specific practices in Boston. Knowing the process can help you navigate and manage your expectations.
  3. Request Discovery: This is a powerful tool in your legal arsenal. Requesting discovery can often lead to a more favorable outcome, as it requires the authorities to provide the evidence that supports their case, which they may sometimes prefer not to disclose fully.
  4. Be Prepared to Fight: Showing that you are prepared to challenge the suspension with a competent legal team can sometimes lead to a resolution without a fight, as authorities may reconsider the strength of their position.

The reinstatement of our client’s License to Carry without proceeding to a full hearing in Dorchester is a significant victory for our client and reinforces the value of aggressive legal defense. At Law Office of Matthew W. Peterson, we remain committed to advocating for the rights of Boston firearms owners and ensuring that their legal rights are respected and upheld.

For anyone facing similar challenges with their firearms licensing, or for more information on how to navigate these legal waters, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team is expertly equipped to handle any aspect of firearms law in Boston and beyond.  Call or text me at 617-295-7500, and let’s get started on protecting your firearms rights!


Although I am an attorney, I am not your attorney.  Please do not rely on anything on this page as legal advice because any specific advice would depend on your situation.  Any results posted on this page are not guarantees of outcomes in your case.

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