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Bucco is the sponsor of legislation, S-1106, that would have repealed that section of state law.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