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Rhode Island Bar Journal Article

EOPSS Grudgingly Acknowledges Court Orders

Posted by Keith Langer | Feb 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

EOPSS sent a letter to the fourteen litigants who defeated it in court, deigning to comply with the court orders to restore each litigant's license. There is no indication that EOPSS is recognizing the import of those fourteen consecutive defeats by rescinding its memo, which advised chiefs to revoke/refuse to renew licenses held by those who received relief from the Firearms Records Bureau.

This suggests that those whose licenses were so revoked will also have to go to court to recover that which should never have been taken from them. EOPSS likely hopes this de minimus step will preclude it getting a far more significant defeat should these cases reach the Supreme Judicial Court.

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Keith Langer

Keith G. Langer, Attorney at Law SERVING NORFOLK COUNTY, MA, AND SURROUNDING AREAS Solo practitioner concentrating in civil litigation, collections, family law and administrative law, particularly firearms licensing.Professional Qualifications: One of the longest-serving member of the Firear...

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