October, 2015

Attorney Langer was admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court. This was necessary to file an amicus brief for Commonwealth Second Amendment, the firearms rights group working through the legal system to protect our rights.

That case, Caetano v. Massachusetts, saw a unanimous Supreme Court reverse and remand the MA Supreme Judicial Court's decision regarding stun gun possession The Assent, written by Justice Alito, (joined by Justice Thomas) detailed the deficiencies in the SJC's analysis of the Second Amendment and the carrying of weapons for self-defense.

In a firearms licensing appeal prepared and argued by Attorney Langer, the Single Justice Session of the Supreme Judicial Court (Botsford, J.) decided in favor of his client, the Applicant/Petitioner. That decision overturned the Quincy Police Department's refusal to act on the client's application for an FID Card, and the two denials by the Quincy District Court (Coven, J.) to enforce the controlling statute:

Memorandum and Order: ... "It is ordered that the motion of the Justices of the Quincy Division of the District Court Department to be named as a nominal party be allowed. It is further ordered that the petition for certiorari be allowed, and the order denying the petition for review, dated July 24, 2014, and issued by a judge of the Quincy District Court, is reversed. The case is remanded to to the Quincy District Court for entry of an order allowing the petition for review, and directing the chief of police to issue the petitioner an FID card pursuant to G. L. c. 140, ยง 129B, as in effect at the time the petitioner's application was filed." (Botsford, J.)