By MAYA RHODAN
March 21, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that stun-guns can be carried for self defense, issuing a favorable decision for a woman who was convicted for carrying the weapon in Massachusetts.
The Supreme Court’s ruling vacates a Massachusetts supreme court decision that said state law banned the possession of stun-guns. The Massachusetts court decided the Second Amendment did not extend protection to such weapons because stun-guns were not around when the Constitution was written.
The Supreme Court, however, has previously held that the right to bear arms extends to weapons that weren’t around at the time of the nation’s founding.
The ruling, both unanimous and brief, is not signed by any particular justice and avoids any further examination of the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito wrote an extended concurring opinion that expanded on the Massachusetts case, in which a woman brandished a stun-gun during an encounter with her abusive ex-boyfriend.
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Choosing A Self Defense Weapon
There are many things to consider when choosing a self defense weapon. Hopefully this will give you a better idea of available options and things that need to be considered when choosing a personal self defense item or non-lethal weapon. You have to consider what self defense weapon is legal to own in your area, personal preferences as well as limitations and strengths of each of the self defense weapons available. There are stun guns, pepper spray, personal alarms, kubotans and other self defense options such as martial arts training and techniques. Each have their advantages and disadvantages, and sometimes a combination of methods and self defense weapons is the best plan for personal self defense.
Self Defense Weapon Considerations
Most non-lethal self defense weapons and devices are legal in most areas; however, a stun gun is a self defense weapon that is restricted or sometimes totally banned in a handful of states which limits your available options in those areas. Stun guns are totally banned or restricted in HI, MA, MI, NY, NJ, WI, RI, IL, and CT. Local governments like Crawford County Iowa are known areas with bans or restrictions. In addition, although pepper spray is legal in all 50 states, some states have restrictions on the amount that can be carried as well as the strength and concentration of the pepper spray that is allowed.
There are stun guns, pepper spray, personal alarms, kubotan self defense keychains, and martial arts training to consider for realistic ways to protect yourself with a self defense weapon. Stun guns can be held to just about any part of an attacker’s body and the current can even pass through clothing, but you must come in direct contact with your attacker to stun him with it. If your attacker pulls it away from you then it can be used against you. Some, but not all of them come with disable pins connected to wrist straps. If they are pulled away from you the disable pin is pulled out and the stun gun can’t be used. Pepper spray is a legal self defense weapon in all 50 states, although some states have restrictions on it. The advantage is that you do not have to get very close to your attacker to use it, but the effective target area is limited to the face and you must make sure to make your sprays count. Personal alarms are great in that they are legal everywhere and you do not have to come close to an attacker to use them, but if there is nobody around that can hear it, it becomes a useless self defense weapon to protect yourself. A Kubotan self defense keychain is a legal self defense weapon just about anywhere in the US, but might not be as effective as a good spray of pepper in the face of an attacker or a stun gun leaving your attacker on the ground. These self defense weapons can require a little bit of practice or training to be effective whereas pepper spray and stun guns require much less practice or training. Martial arts training is excellent because it does not require you to carry any kind of self defense weapon, but of course this is going to take the most training and time to master. There are various self defense fighting videos on the market which can teach a few easy to master moves that anyone can use to defend themselves. This might be the best way to go for someone looking to master some basic self defense moves, but is not looking for a long time or life long hobby of formal martial arts training.
Self Defense Weapon Strategy
Probably the best strategy is to have a combination of self defense weapons or tactics that you can use to defend yourself if the need ever arises. Some hardened criminals have been known to become more or less desensitized or almost immune from pepper spray from being sprayed so many times. Someone like this may need a follow up with a stun from a stun gun to ward them off. Which ever self defense weapon you choose, it should be something that you feel comfortable and confident using.
PHILADELPHIA ---(Ammoland.com)- Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF) are hailing an ordinance effectively repealing the City of Philadelphia’s ban on law-abiding adults from owning, using, possessing, selling, or transferring electronic arms, like “stun guns” and "Tasers". The bill was passed in a 16-0 vote at this morning’s city council meeting.
In early April, FPC and FPF commissioned attorney Stephen Stamboulieh to send a letter to every city in the United States, including the City of Philadelphia, that banned electronic arms—like “stun guns” and Tasers—demanding a repeal on threat of litigation.
Later that month, a representative of the City of Philadelphia’s Law Department contacted Mr. Stamboulieh and said that the City was considering its response. Then, in June, the City’s Law Department sent a copy of bill no. 170674 that was filed in response to the demand, which would effectively repeal the ban for adults and narrow the reach of the law to persons under 18 years of age.
“We thank Councilmember Jones for his leadership on this important issue,” said Brandon Combs, president of the Coalition and chairman of the Foundation. “City of Philadelphia residents and visitors can now exercise their Second Amendment right to keep and bear these important arms for self-defense.”
“The city’s hand on the issue was forced by a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling….and the threat of legal action from a gun rights group,” reported Philadelphia Magazine’s Joe Trinacria in an October 24, 2017, article, relating information told to him by Mayor Jim Kenny’s spokesperson, Laruen Hitt.
FPC and FPF are supporting a legal challenge to the State of New York’s total ban on electronic arms, a case helmed by Stamboulieh as well as Alan Beck of San Diego, and are working to repeal or strike down laws across the country that infringe on Second Amendment rights. Similar bans have been repealed or amended in Tacoma, WA; Westminster, MD; Annapolis, MD; New Orleans, LA; and the State of New Jersey.
FPC and FPF will continue their efforts in Pennsylvania by soon filing a “friend of the court” brief with the state’s Supreme Court regarding the right to keep and bear arms, people who carry firearms for self-defense, and the importance of the presumption of innocence.
Firearms Policy Coalition (www.firearmspolicy.org) is a 501(c)4 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
Firearms Policy Foundation (www.firearmsfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPF’s mission is to defend the Constitution of the United States and the People’s rights, privileges and immunities deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition, especially the inalienable, fundamental, and individual right to keep and bear arms.
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