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EOPSS Responds to GOAL

Last week, the Secretary of Public Safety and Security sent us the below letter in response to our demand that the Commonwealth’s Executive Agencies follow the precedent established by the Bruen decision. As you can see, the Agency has dug in their heels and maintains that their interpretation is consistent with the decision. We still disagree with their interpretation and assert that a subjective “suitability” standard should no longer be considered in the licensing process as it is unconstitutional under Bruen.

GOAL believes the government of the Commonwealth has an obligation to protect the civil rights of all citizens - regardless of political favor or disfavor. It is clear that the Massachusetts government has no intention of either following the text or spirit of this ruling. With this unacceptable response, it is likely that we will see Massachusetts respond as some of the other outlier states have and move to pass legislation that will create even more restrictions on our civil rights.

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