For John, BLUF: Is this running below the radar? Nothing to see here; just move along.
A couple of days ago Law Professor Glenn Reynolds posted the following at his blog, Instapundit.
EUGENE VOLOKH HAS WRITTEN ABOUT SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS TO CARRY NON-LETHAL WEAPONS, and I talked about the subject as well in my Second Amendment Penumbras piece. Now Eugene presents this: Amicus brief supporting the Second Amendment right to own and carry a stun gun in Massachusetts.Wouldn't stun guns be a good solution for people who might otherwise be requesting a concealed carry permit?I’m delighted to report that Michael Rosman and Michelle Scott of the Center for Individual Rights, Lisa Steele of AWARE (Arming Women Against Rape & Endangerment), and I have filed an amicus brief on behalf of AWARE in Commonwealth v. Caetano, a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court case dealing with the Second Amendment and stun guns.I think that’s how it should go. The Second Amendment, as the Court has noted, is in large part about a right of self-defense — not just about guns as such.
Massachusetts is one of the several states that bans stun guns (including Tasers) — the others are Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin, plus the Annapolis/Baltimore area in Maryland, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and several other cities. I hope that this case will change that; indeed, the Michigan Court of Appeals recently struck down the Michigan stun gun ban on Second Amendment grounds.
Regards — Cliff