The U.S. Supreme Court vacated a ruling that criminalized stun guns by excluding them from Second Amendment protections.
In 2011, a Massachusetts woman, Jaime Caetano, was arrested for carrying a stun gun in her purse to protect herself from her abusive ex-boyfriend. A judge at the time ruled that Caetano’s decision to carry a stun gun was illegal because the Second Amendment right to bear arms only applies to the types of weapons commonly used at the time the amendment was ratified.
Last year, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts upheld Caetano’s criminal conviction, saying that a stun gun “is not the type of weapon that is eligible for Second Amendment protection.”
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the lower court’s ruling and ordered the Massachusetts court to rehear the case. No members of the Court dissented from the opinion ordering the state court to rehear the case. In a separate opinion, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas slammed the Massachusetts court for being “more concerned about disarming the people than about keeping them safe.”
— Justice Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) March 21, 2016
You can read their remarks in full here.