TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey is closer to settling a lawsuit that would end the state’s ban on civilians buying stun guns.
In court papers filed Tuesday, Attorney General Christopher Porrino conceded the state’s ban on electronic arms is unconstitutional. The state law defines a stun gun as “any weapon or other device which emits an electrical charge or current intended to temporarily or permanently disable a person.”
Regulations permit police officers in New Jersey to use stun guns.
New Jersey is one of five states – Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island are the others – that prohibits civilians from buying stun guns. Other cities and counties also have bans.
Under the proposed consent decree, the state acknowledged the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. However, the state would be permitted to impose “reasonable limits” on stun guns.