Four Bostonians, joined by three gun groups, last week sued Police Commissioner Michael Cox over what they say are excessive delays in processing their license-to-carry applications.
In their suit, filed in US District Court, Rudolph White, Robert Cox, Kenley Exume and Leslie Good, say they have all waited more than the 40 days BPD is allowed to take to process their applications. Good alleges that as of last week, she has waited 206 days since filing her initial application - and $100 fee - with no word on when she might be asked to submit fingerprints - required for the last phase of the licensing process, in which State Police use the fingerprints for background checks.
The suit says that, in response to a similar suit in 2020, Boston Police agreed to accept applications immediately, rather than putting people on a waiting list, supposedly due to Covid-19 issues.
Now, the Licensing Unit is accepting individuals’ license applications without significant delay, but is making them wait for many months to submit samples of their fingerprints. Thus, while it has purportedly abandoned its use of a “wait list” to submit applications, the Licensing Unit is still using the equivalent of a “wait list” to prevent people from completing the application process.
The four are asking for an order requiring BPD to accept fingerprints at the same time as applications and to stop what they say are their Second and Fourteenth Amendment rights.