Phuong Ngo, a immigrant with US citizenship, was denied a firearms license by the Boston Police Department because the only form of identification he could provide was a US passport. After the gun rights group Commonwealth Second Amendment filed a lawsuit against the police department, they reversed their policy, leading the judge to declare the lawsuit moot. According to the judge's November 7 ruling, which was published in part by The Washington Post:
Plaintiff Phuong Ngo, the foreign-born son of a naturalized U.S. citizen, is a resident of Boston. He applied in July of 2014 to the Boston Police Department for a license to carry firearms. Shortly prior to a fitness interview scheduled for August 21, 2014, Ngo was told by an unidentified uniformed officer in the Licensing Unit that he was required to prove his citizenship by presenting either a birth certificate or naturalization papers, neither of which are available to him. The officer refused to accept his U.S. passport as proof that he is a U.S. citizen.
On September 22, 2014, Ngo, together with Commonwealth Second Amendment, a gun rights advocacy group, filed this Complaint with requests for injunctive and declaratory relief. On being served with the lawsuit, the Boston Police Department, through Detective Lieutenant John McDonough, the Commander of the Licensing Unit, updated its written policy … to specify a valid U.S. passport as an acceptable means of proof of U.S. Citizenship. In light of the formal change of policy, the court no longer has before it a justiciable controversy and the matter is moot.
On it's Facebook page, Commonwealth Second Amendment wrote, "Ultimately we won and smacked Boston around... We will be smacking around any other town that pulls the same crap too."