Agreed, great that this was pulled together so fast!I finished reading the Comm2A Amicus Brief on this case. It is an absolutely brilliant piece of work!
The brief made clear that the storage charge is definitely bunk since the car was locked and maybe the glove compartment too (disputed).
On the 131C(a) charge though, I'm wondering if they're trying to resurrect the precedent mentioned here though:
I don't remember reading anything stating that the 131C(a) charge was related to the time he was driving the car as opposed to when he was at work and the vehicle was parked. The state's brief seems to argue for exactly this: http://www.ma-appellatecourts.org/?brief=SJC-11270_04_Appellee_Commonwealth_Brief.pdf @ page 21-22.Prior to 1998, court precedent established that if you left a firearm (handgun) unattended in a motor vehicle, you were "carrying it but not having it under your direct control".
I also love the 2A argument for ready access for self-defense upon return to the vehicle in the other brief, though that's a real stretch for a state court.
http://www.ma-appellatecourts.org/?brief=SJC-11270_01_Appellant_Reyes_Brief.pdf @ page 21-22.