John Adams Courthouse

Massachusetts Court Upholds Stun Gun Ban

Massachusetts’s highest court upheld Jaime Caetano’s conviction for possession of a stun gun, rejecting her contention that the state’s total ban on stun guns violates the Second Amendment.  The court ruled that stun guns are a modern invention not in common possession in 1789, when the Second Amendment was adopted.  Since the court decided that the Second Amendment does not cover stun guns, it concluded that the Massachusetts legislature could ban the weapons on the grounds of public health, safety or welfare.

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