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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.

June 2015

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, § 129B, as in effect at the time the petitioner's application was filed." (Botsford, J.)

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Your Time May Be Limited!

If you are a defendant in a civil suit, you have a specific period of time in which to file an answer. Failure to do so can result in a default judgment being issued against you. Failure to timely submit responses to discovery requests can also negatively affect your case. Those named as defendants in criminal cases via clerk magistrate or “show cause” hearings must appear, or the complaint will issue against them. Those seeking to appeal a negative action, such as a firearms license denial or revocation, denial of a permit, or losing a case at trial, all have specific time periods in which to act. Do not lose your rights by inertia or delay.

Act Now!

The law is an area in which inertia can have very negative consequences: The loss of rights and remedies. It is unlikely that your problem will just “go away” - act now to protect yourself and preserve your options.