New Jersey agrees to end ban on stun guns

The stun gun ban in New Jersey is coming to an end, as the state’s attorney general has agreed to lift the restrictions after a federal judge ruled the ban to be unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp filed a consent order on Tuesday that directs the state to draft new stun gun regulations “consistent with public safety and the Second Amendment” within 180 days.

The ruling came as a result of New Jersey man Mark Cheeseman and the New Jersey Second Amendment Society challenging the state law that allowed only police officers to carry stun guns.

New Jersey.com reported that state Attorney General Christopher Porrino admitted last year the stun gun ban would likely be overturned, due to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled a similar law in Massachusetts was unconstitutional.

Alexander Roubian, president of the Second Amendment Society, said the ruling was a win for gun rights advocates and thought only minors, those with serious criminal records, and those ruled mentally unfit by a judge should be prohibited from owning stun guns.

Porrino’s office did not immediately reply for comment.