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SJC rejects challenge to gun licensing law

The state’s highest court has upheld a law that bars people from getting a license to carry a gun if they have ever been adjudicated a juvenile delinquent because of committing a felony.

The Supreme Judicial Court rejected a claim by a man — who has since become a minister, head of a Cambridge school, and a business owner — that the state law infringed on his Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms as outlined in two new US Supreme Court decisions.

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The unanimous 25-page opinion in the case of Mirko Chardin v. Police Commissioner of Boston was written by Justice Francis X. Spina.

“We conclude that [the state law] does not burden conduct that falls with the scope of the Second Amendment,” the Massachusetts court ruled.

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“Chardin’s challenge to the statute is unavailing, and Massachusetts may continue to enforce its provisions to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens,” the court said.

Martin Finucane

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