BAY CITY (WWJ/AP) – The Michigan appeals court says the state can’t stop people from owning stun guns.
A three-judge panel at the court says the Michigan and U.S. constitutions allow people to bear arms. The court says a total prohibition on stun guns can’t stand.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: From Mackinac to Motor Bella, Major Events Return
The decision released Wednesday involved cases from Bay City and Muskegon. In Bay City, a store employee was carrying a stun gun while he worked behind the counter. In Muskegon, a stun gun was seized from a man at his home.
Michigan law had banned the use of stun guns since 1976, with exceptions for police and some other personnel.READ MORE: Rolling Stone Magazine Named ‘Respect’ #1 Song Of All Time
A new state law that takes effect in August would allow people to have stun guns if they also have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. That law was not at issue in the cases at the appeals court.
Michigan will be the 44th state that allows residents to carry stun guns under certain circumstances.MORE NEWS: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment Soon?
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