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Navigating “Suitability” in Massachusetts Firearms Law: How a Firearms Attorney Can Help

Massachusetts firearms suitability attorney

In Massachusetts firearms law, obtaining a License to Carry (LTC) involves navigating the complex and uniquely challenging concept of “suitability,” a discretionary determination made by local police departments. As a firearms attorney with extensive knowledge of Massachusetts gun laws and a proven track record, I am dedicated to advocating for individuals who believe they have been wrongly denied their right to carry a firearm.

The Role of Suitability in LTC Applications

“Suitability” provides local police chiefs significant discretion to determine whether an applicant should be granted an LTC. This subjective criterion can lead to inconsistencies in enforcement across different jurisdictions, influenced by a range of factors from criminal history to character assessments.

Legal Framework and the Role of a Firearms Attorney

Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140, Sections 131 and 131F, the police chief’s authority to issue, deny, suspend, or revoke firearms licenses based on suitability is broad, but not unlimited. As your firearms attorney, I ensure that this discretion is not exercised arbitrarily or capriciously. I guide you through the complex application process, prepare you for potential challenges, and advocate on your behalf if your application is denied.

Consulting with a Firearms Attorney to Fight a Suitability Determination in Massachusetts

Speaking with a specialized firearms attorney is crucial not only for navigating the application process but also for understanding local nuances and what particular factors your area considers important. I provide tailored advice to ensure your application is filled out correctly and thoroughly, significantly enhancing your chances of approval.

Fighting for Your Rights: My Track Record of Fighting for Massachusetts Firearms Owners

I have a robust track record of successfully overturning denials for suitability determinations on firearms in Massachusetts. I meticulously review each client’s case, gather supporting evidence, and represent them in appeals before district courts. By challenging decisions that seem arbitrary or lack substantial justification, I have helped numerous clients secure their right to carry a firearm, ensuring their applications are evaluated fairly and justly.

The Impact of the Bruen Decision

The Supreme Court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen casts doubt on discretionary firearms licensing schemes like Massachusetts’ suitability standard. This decision emphasizes that gun control measures must align with the nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation. It suggests that laws requiring a demonstration of special need for self-defense may not stand. As your attorney, I analyze how the Bruen decision may impact your case, offering a fresh perspective under this new legal landscape.

How I Can Help Fighting Your Suitability Determination in Massachusetts

If you’ve been denied an LTC based on a determination of unsuitability, I can help. My approach involves:

  1. Comprehensive Review: Assessing your denial within the context of both Massachusetts law and recent Supreme Court rulings.
  2. Strategic Advocacy: Preparing a compelling appeal that addresses any subjective or unfair application of the suitability standard.
  3. Expert Representation: Standing by your side during appeal proceedings to argue your case effectively.


The discretion allowed in the assessment of “suitability” in Massachusetts creates a complex environment for LTC applicants. As your experienced firearms attorney, I am here to navigate this landscape and advocate for your rights. Whether your case involves initial application advice, appealing a denial, or understanding the implications of recent Supreme Court decisions, I am equipped to provide the guidance and representation you need.

If you believe you have been unjustly denied your right to carry a firearm or if you are preparing to apply for an LTC and want to ensure your application is robust against subjective assessments of suitability, contact me today. Let my expertise and track record of success work for you, ensuring your rights are protected and your case is presented effectively.  Call or text me at 617-295-7500, and put me to work on defending your second amendment 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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