WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is ordering Massachusetts’ top court to look again at the state’s ban on stun guns.
The justices on Monday revived an appeal from a woman who said she kept a stun gun in her purse for self-defense against an abusive former boyfriend.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said the ban on possession of stun guns does not violate the Second Amendment.
Monday’s unsigned opinion does not go so far as to strike down the law or say stun guns are a type of firearm that is protected under the amendment’s “right to keep and bear arms.” But the opinion said the Massachusetts court’s reasoning for upholding the law was faulty.
Jaime Caetano was convicted after police investigating a shoplifting report found the stun gun in the woman’s purse. Caetano argued that it was for self-defense and that she had a constitutional right to carry it.
Justice Samuel Alito, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, wrote separately to criticize the state court ruling in blunt terms. Alito called Monday’s ruling “grudging” and noted that the state court would now have another chance to rule against Caetano.
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