Federal judge shoots down NY’s ban on stun guns

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397421 03: UNDATED PHOTOGRAPH An Air Taser stun gun, which has a range of 15 feet and delivers a paralyzing electric shock to its targets is displayed in this company supplied photograph. United Airlines announced November 15, 2001 that it will be the first major U.S. airline to put Taser weapons, or stun guns, in […]

A federal judge has ruled that New York’s ban on personal ownership of stun guns is unconstitutional.

Friday’s ruling by a district judge in Utica is the latest in a series of court decisions that have led to the loosening of restrictions on the weapons in several states.

The decision came in a lawsuit filed by Matthew Avitabile, who said he wanted to buy a stun gun for self-defense in his rural upstate New York home.

His lawyers argued that New York’s longstanding ban on civilian ownership of stun guns violated the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Illinois’ Supreme Court made a similar ruling Thursday, deciding in favor of two men charged with carrying stun guns.

A Massachusetts court struck down that state’s stun gun ban last year.

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