Stun Gun Ban Lifted In Anne Arundel County | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Stun Gun Ban Lifted In Anne Arundel County

Play associated audio
Background checks will be required for the purchase of stun guns, but not training.
Gary Hunt: http://www.flickr.com/photos/e06158/4001565565/
Background checks will be required for the purchase of stun guns, but not training.

Residents in Anne Arundel County will soon be allowed to carry stun guns.

The county council approved allowing residents to carry stun guns in a close 4-3 vote, reversing a 1985 ban. The legislation allows anyone 18 and older who passes a background check to carry electronic control devices.

Misuse carries the possibility of three years in jail and a $3,000 fine.

Republican councilman Derek Fink of Pasadena sponsored the bill. He says it's meant to help people defend themselves, but opponents are concerned about untrained users. The administration of county executive Laura Neuman does not object to the bill. 

State lawmakers legalized stun guns four years ago, but counties can make their own rules. Anne Arundel County passed an exception to its ban in 2006 for police officers.

NPR

Dress Codes Are Open To Interpretation — And A Lot Of Contention

Recent incidents of customers being denied access to nightspots in Minneapolis and Austin have sparked conversation anew about the meaning and intent behind dress codes.
NPR

From McDonald's To Organic Valley, You're Probably Eating Wood Pulp

Many processed foods contain cellulose, which is plant fiber that is commonly extracted from wood. It's used to add texture, prevent caking and boost fiber. And it's been around for ages.
NPR

In Central America, Attempts To Cross U.S. Border Like 'Feeding Frenzy'

Thousands of Central American children are crossing the border and ending up in detention facilities. Host Michel Martin learns more about why so many children are fleeing Central America.
NPR

Twitter Turns World Cup Into A 'Global Sports Bar'

The Brazil vs. Germany World Cup semifinal created more activity on Twitter than any other sporting event had. Host Michel Martin learns about how social media has changed the tournament experience.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.