New Jersey seeks settlement, looks to legalize stun guns

(AP) -- New Jersey's attorney general wants to settle a lawsuit that would end a state ban on civilians buying stun guns.

The settlement talks involve a federal lawsuit filed in August by Mark Cheeseman and the New Jersey Second Amendment Society and stem from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that suggests stun guns are protected under the Second Amendment.

In a letter to the judge, Attorney General Christopher Porrino wrote that an outright ban "would likely not pass constitutional muster."

Porrino also wants to ensure that State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes can craft regulations governing the possession, use and sale of the devices, which emit an electronic charge to disarm an attacker.

Regulations permit police officers in New Jersey to use stun guns.

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