Washington, D.C. has decided to not enforce its ban on stun guns against three district residents who have filed a lawsuit claiming the ban infringes their Second Amendment rights.
Via the Washington Post:
But in court papers, city officials indicated the D.C. Council is moving to remove the ban in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that apparently considers electronic weapons to be protected under the Second Amendment.
The action came after the Supreme Court released an unsigned, unanimous ruling March 21 rejecting the reasoning of Massachusetts’s highest court, which had upheld a ban on possessing stun guns on grounds that the Second Amendment didn’t apply.
Instead, the high court said its landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision that struck down the District’s ban on handguns and established a constitutional right to keeping arms in one’s home for self-defense also covered weapons even if they did not have a military use and were uncommon when the amendment was enacted.
In a Sept. 6 letter from D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) to Racine filed in court, Mendelson wrote, “I reviewed the memo you provided to me, and I will work with Councilman Kenyan McDuffie, Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, to enact necessary legislative amendments to ensure the District is in compliance with the Constitution.”
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