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Senator Tony Bucco Senator Tony Bucco (R-25)
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April 27, 2017
Bucco Applauds Federal Court for Declaring Unconstitutional NJ’s Ban on Ownership of Stun Guns

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) applauded a settlement to a federal legal challenge of state law brought by the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) that would bring to an end the state’s outright ban on the civilian ownership of stun guns.

Sen. Anthony Bucco applauded a federal court settlement that would bring to an end New Jersey’s outright ban on the civilian ownership of stun guns. (Wikimedia Commons)

“This is a victory for the law-abiding people of New Jersey who want the non-lethal capability to protect themselves with a stun gun,” said Bucco. “This federal court order sends the message that the State of New Jersey has gone too far in interfering with the Second Amendment rights of New Jerseyans to protect themselves and their families.”

The consent order issued by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey declared unconstitutional the state’s outright ban in N.J.S.2C:39-3(h), the section of state law stating that “any person who knowingly has in his possession any stun gun is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.”

Bucco is the sponsor of legislation, S-1106, that would have repealed that section of state law.

According to published reports, New Jersey was one of just five states that prohibited its residents from owning stun guns.

Under the consent order, the State has been given 180 days to institute new laws, rules, or regulations “that will impose reasonable limitations, consistent with public safety and the Second Amendment,” on the possession and/or carrying of electronic arms or “stun guns.”

“Stun guns represent a non-lethal alternative to conventional firearms that many people around the country have chosen as a safe option to enhance their personal safety,” added Bucco. “I’ve long said that New Jersey residents deserve the choice and opportunity to recognize the benefits that stun guns provide. I’m glad that New Jersey families are one step closer to realizing the full protections afforded by the Second Amendment.”

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