S-4849, stun gun regulations

S-4849, Relates to allowing the possession and sale of electronic dart guns and electronic stun guns for self-defense, now has a companion A-9784.

From the Justification:

“On Friday, March 22nd, 2019, U.S. District Judge David Hurd issued a ruling on a case challenging New York’s total ban on the civilian possession of tasers and stun guns that declared the ban unconstitutional on the grounds that it violates the Second Amendment. This ruling follows similar decisions by courts in Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. However, in his opinion on the case, Judge Hurd noted that his ruling “does not foreclose the possibility that some restriction(s) on the possession and/or use of tasers and stun guns would be permissible under the Second Amendment”. The judge further noted that “other states have already done this… New York might consider doing so as well.” This bill would regulate the sale, possession, and use of electronic stun guns and electronic dart guns in a similar manner to New York’s current laws regulating the use of personal defense sprays. The bill would limit the possession of these weapons to possession for personal protection or the protection of property, and limit the permissible use of such weapons to self-defense …”

The case in question was Avitabile v. Beach.

I expect the legislature will pass this bill this year.

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