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Live free or there

In Massachusetts:

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts rules that a stun gun is a “dangerous and unusual” weapons, and thus not protected by the Second Amendment, so banning them is fine.

Given that police are issued tasers, I’d say that qualifies as “in common use”

9 Responses to “Live free or there”

  1. SPQR Says:

    Utterly f-ing incoherent decision.

  2. Phelps Says:

    It’s been declared a dangerous weapon by the Mass SC. I think that should mean that the presumption is that when Mass police use one, they are intentionally engaging in dangerous and reckless behavior.

  3. Mr Evilwrench Says:

    How’s it ever going to get “usual” if you won’t let us have them? Male sexual appendages, I tells ya.

  4. Cargosquid Says:


    What a GREAT idea!

    Alert the lawyers. EVERY time they use one…..

  5. Bram Says:

    I must have missed the “dangerous and unusual” clause in the 2nd Amendment.

  6. Ron W Says:

    It’s what we get when it is pervasive thinking that judges are independent when according to Article VI, they are to be “bound by the law”.

    In the 1939 Miller SCOTUS decision, a sawed off shogun was ruled illegal because it was not a militia weapon, which was at least pursuant to the wording of the 2nd Amendment. But now, they have changed it to “sporting purpose” which I believe was borrowed from pre WWII NAZI reasoning on guns.

  7. Ruth Says:

    Considering that you have to have a Firearms license to legally own pepper spray in MA that doesn’t surprise me…..

  8. skidmark Says:

    Rather surprised nobody else tripped over the decision that Heller and McDonald showed that the 2A applies to arms that were around then the 2A was written – or at least only to variants of those arms. Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle was not around then, and the fact that folks were only playing parlor games with grabbing on to wet cells as opposed to carrying them around to use against pickpockets, apparently means something. But I wonder if they were aware that there were automatic firearms (as ATF defines them) back then, which by their reasoning would mean that they are in fact legal in Ma.

    stay safe.

  9. Burnt Toast Says:

    the 2A applies to arms that were around then the 2A was written – or at least only to variants of those arms

    Whoo Hooo!

    I want me one of those ships-o-the-line.
    Modern day variant being nucular power aircraft carriers