High Court Ruling Impacts Massachusetts Gun Licensing Rules

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BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts police chiefs should no longer deny or impose restrictions on licenses to carry a gun just because the applicant doesn’t have a “good reason” to carry, the state’s attorney general says.

Attorney General Maura Healey released guidance Friday for police chiefs in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a gun-permitting law in New York. Under that law, New York residents needed to show proper cause, or an actual need, to carry a concealed handgun in public for self-defense.

Healey’s guidance says police can still ask applicants their reasons for applying for a license to carry, but can no longer deny or restrict licenses because they believe the person doesn’t have a “good reason.”

From The Associated Press

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