Friday, February 27, 2015

NH: Gun right denied: A cautionary tale about licensing

A Nashua firearms case reveals yet again how local governments can, even unintentionally, violate citizens’ civil rights. It provides good reason to support a legal change being contemplated in Concord.

In 1998, Greg DuPont had been convicted in Massachusetts of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor. Though a misdemeanor, the maximum sentence was 2.5 years, which resulted in a loss of DuPont's right to carry a firearm. In 2005, he appealed to the Massachusetts Firearms Licensing Review Board, which deemed him “suitable” to carry a firearm and restored that right to him.

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