New Jersey moves to legalize Tasers following 2A lawsuit
By Chris Eger
New Jersey is the latest state where officials have backed off on stun gun bans. (Photo: Taser.com)
Officials in the Garden State last week published draft regulations to allow ownership and use of stun guns in the aftermath of a successful lawsuit from gun rights advocates.
The pending regulations, published in the New Jersey Register, were submitted by State Police Superintendent Joseph Fuentes with the approval of Attorney General Christopher Porrino and would allow those 18-years of age or older to possess the devices.
Citing a successful lawsuit in federal court brought last year, the proposal notes that “the outright statutory prohibition on sale and possession of stun guns has been declared unconstitutional and can no longer be enforced.”
The rule change allows for stun guns defined as “any weapon or other device that emits an electrical charge or current intended to temporarily or permanently disable a person,” and would allow law enforcement to remove such devices from those under age 18 if encountered.
The legal challenge was brought last August by Mark Cheeseman, joined with the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, after he attempted to buy a Taser online and was refused by the company, citing New Jersey law that prohibited them from selling