FPC, SAF, Comm2A Sue Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker Over Gun Store Closures

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

From the Firearms Policy Coalition . . .

Today, attorneys for individuals seeking to purchase firearms and ammunition, retailers, and advocacy organizations Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), Commonwealth Second Amendment (Comm2A), and Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) filed a new federal lawsuit challenging bans on the operation of gun store and shooting ranges imposed by Governor Charlies Baker and law enforcement officials. The case has been assigned to Judge Douglas P. Woodlock, a nominee of Ronald Reagan. A copy of the lawsuit can be found at FPCLegal.org.

“It is disheartening to see one of our original freedom fighter colonies decide to take a page from General Thomas Gage,” said Adam Kraut, FPC’s Director of Legal Strategy. “During the Massachusetts ratifying convention, Samuel Adams proposed an amendment guaranteeing that the constitution would not prevent peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. Yet, the modern day Massachusetts government seeks to do just that. There is no COVID-19 exception in the Constitution, and even this crisis has constitutional limits.”

“Closing gun stores and preventing citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights is not the way to fight a viral pandemic,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “How ironic that rights groups must take the governor of Massachusetts to court over a Second Amendment issue as the 245th anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord approaches. Government gun control is precisely the reason our ancestors stood together on April 19, 1775, and the Baker administration should seriously rethink its position.”

“State and local governments cannot suspend the Constitution and its guarantee of fundamental human rights,” FPC President Brandon Combs said. “Massachusetts has again gone out of its way to prevent individuals from exercising their right to keep and bear arms when they want and need to most. But the Second Amendment is not a second-class right. We are proud to fight for the rights of Bay Staters alongside our friends and fellow plaintiffs in this case.”

“It’s sad that rather than devoting their full attention to addressing this serious public health emergency, the Baker administration is treating this crisis as an opportunity to set the precedent for suspending constitutional rights that they oppose,” observed Brent Carlton, president of Comm2A. “The Baker administration can no more block exercise of the Second Amendment by preventing Massachusetts residents from purchasing firearms than the Trump administration can limit the First Amendment by closing the New York Times or CNN.”

“It is our pleasure to collectively work with the entities involved in this important court action,” said Jim Wallace, the Executive Director of Bay State-based Gun Owners Action League. “Since the beginning of the fight against Covid-19, the Baker Administration has launched a systematic campaign against our Second Amendment civil rights. It is imperative we ensure our civil rights and systems of checks and balances on our government are protected, especially during times of crisis.”

Individual firearm or ammunition purchasers, retailers, and ranges affected by ‘stay-home’ or shutdown orders are encouraged to report their concerns and potential civil rights violations to FPC’s COVID-19 Issue Hotline at www.FPChotline.org.

Firearms Policy Coalition (www.firearmspolicy.org) is a 501(c)4 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, advance individual liberty, and restore freedom.


  1. avatar LifeSavor says:

    Glad to see this lawsuit. Wish criminal charges could/would be filed, also.

    1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      Yes, this. I wish such lawsuits would go so far as to petition for redress in the form of actual criminal charges against those who, you know, broke the law.

  2. avatar IAmNotTheHulk says:

    As a former subject of that awful nanny state, here’s hoping they get their arses whipped for their anti-constitutional stance. Any credibility the un-commonwealth had was destroyed when their two drug lab cases were shown that the AG’s office covered up evidence and got its’ arse handed to it by a MA judge.

    1. avatar Rick the Bear says:

      Sadly, a victory for Rights is unlikely.

      As you probably know, the SJC refused to acknowledge Heller and MacDonald. A$$holes.

    2. avatar Don from MA says:

      Even if they win, there won’t be any consequences for the tyrants.

      So they won’t think twice about doing it again.

  3. avatar Rad Man says:

    I’m an FFL here and not overly pleased. At the same time, not surprised either. I suspect it’s AG Maura Healey bossing the Governor around.

    1. avatar Rick the Bear says:

      Dunno. Chuck is almost a Democrat.

    2. avatar BRUCE A BOGLE says:

      Well she probably has a bigger penis.

    3. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

      How did they go about shutting down stores on your side of the border?

      1. avatar Rad Man says:

        By declaring from a keyboard that a certain sector of business is non-essential. Beyond that, I haven’t scene any physical enforcement of the order yet. The state would prefer full voluntary compliance. Some shops are carrying on, business as usual. Curiously, our in state heavy hitter gun manufacturers are allowed to continue to operate – the retailers, not so much.

        1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

          For the capital region the storefronts are closed unless they are handling leo/mil (and many of those are figuring out curbside pickup for the regular people) but the major gun group is taking orders over the phone and setting appointments for paperwork/checks. But very similar shutdown decree and hoping no one disregards it.

  4. avatar Rick the Bear says:

    Good luck. You’ll need it. The Statism is strong in the People’s Republic.

  5. avatar NORDNEG says:

    Mass has been in the toilet for quite some time now, that’s why most of my family have moved elsewhere, & my family have been there Quite a few years.

  6. avatar Vinny says:

    Hogan has one redeeming quality here in Md.; he’s resisted the “shut em down” crowd in the State Ass’embly.

  7. avatar Cmdr. COVID says:

    ‘Rick the Bear’ has three of the first eight post. What a fucking 🤡!

    1. avatar GS650G says:

      Not really getting your sarcastic posts. Take a class or something.

  8. avatar Ralph says:

    Suing a gun grabber in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts? Good luck.

  9. avatar Huntmaster says:

    This is going to have to stop soon. When the patience runs out it will get ugly. And the patience isn’t unlimited.

  10. avatar Debbie W. says:

    I bet stores that sell murderer, kidnapper, pervert approved Gun Free Zone Signs remain open.

  11. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    “FPC, SAF, Comm2A Sue Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker ”

    If there is a victory, Negotiating Rights Away will claim credit in 3-2-1.

  12. avatar Darkman says:

    “Once more unto the breach”. We again rely on the voices of 9 people who answer to no one. Yet control our fate until death. If this is not be the definition of Ruler’s. What is?
    U.S. Supreme Court Takes Another 2A Case To Conference

  13. avatar George D. Taksery says:

    I’m still stuck here waiting for my wife to join me in retirement. Then we’re moving to Texas. I’ve been licensed to carry here since 1976 and I’m an NRA Instructor and RSO.
    I have no doubt that it was the dike AG that ordered our wimp RINO governor “Tall Deval” into shuttering gun stores, ranges and made the State Police forbid all forms of firearms training. He does anything the DemoRATs want him to do.
    I don’t think we have much of a chance at relief from the courts in this state if history is any indicator. I’m hoping for the best, though.

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