Michigan House tries again to legalize stun gun use

Michigan House tries again to legalize stun gun use

The Michigan House has voted a second time to legalize the possession and use of stun guns for people over the age of 18. Lawmakers approved the bill 78-32 Wednesday. The legislation moves for possible approval to the Senate, where it stalled out in 2020. The legislation, also passed by lawmakers last January, would lift part of the state’s ban on the use of portable electric devices designed to incapacitate, injure or kill. Current law allows some people, including law enforcement and those with concealed pistol licenses, to use a Taser, the brand name for a device that shoots two prongs up to 15 feet to disrupt the signal between the brain and muscle to incapacitate a person temporarily. A stun gun requires physical contact for up to three to five seconds to create enough pain to incapacitate someone temporarily. After their prongs are deployed, Tasers can be used as a stun gun. If approved, Hoitenga’s bill would only allow people to use a stun gun in self-defense. "Although I personally carry a firearm, some would prefer a less lethal option and are simply asking for their right to another form of self-protection," Hoitenga told lawmakers last month. Recent state and federal court decisions have held that a complete ban on a Taser or stun gun is a violation of the Second Amendment, but a 2019 decision from a federal district judge found some restrictions on possession or use are permissible. Michigan State Police argue the state’s stun gun […]

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