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Firearm ban for immigrants invalid

April 04, 2012 (1 min read)

"An application for a firearm license or permit cannot be denied solely on the basis of the applicant’s status as a lawful permanent resident alien, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled.  “Any classification based on the assumption that lawful permanent residents are categorically dangerous and that all American citizens by contrast are trustworthy lacks even a reasonable basis,” Judge Douglas P. Woodlock concluded.  “The possibility that some resident aliens are unsuited to possess a handgun does not justify a wholesale ban,” he continued.  “I conclude the Massachusetts firearms regulatory regime as applied to the individual plaintiffs contravenes the Second Amendment.” - Mass. Lawyers Weekly, Apr. 3, 2012.

The 41-page decision is Fletcher, et al. v. Haas, et al.