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New suit challenges NY stun gun ban

by JOSH WORKMAN |  |  Published on December 28, 2016

A new lawsuit that challenges New York State laws prohibiting possession of electronic weapons including stun guns and Tasers has been filed by the Firearms Policy Foundation and Matthew Avitabile, who happens to be mayor of Middleburgh, NY. They are suing New York state over a regulation that outlaws the possession of electronic weapons including stun guns and Tasers.

Avitabile wants to be able to acquire a stun gun for home protection arguing that the New York ban on owning stun guns is unconstitutional, violating the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

New York is one of five states that prohibit the possession of stun guns and Tasers. In 45 states, electronic weapons are legal for use in the home, and in most states it’s also legal to carry a stun gun in public. New York Penal Law § 265.01 disagrees with this approach, making it a criminal misdemeanor to “possesses any firearm, electronic dart gun [or] electronic stun gun.”

Avitabile’s lawyers cite the Second Amendment ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, a 2008 US Supreme Court case that overturned a ban on handgun possession in the home and made it legal to store weapons so they can be readily deployed for self-defense.

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