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Stun Gun Ban Lifted In Anne Arundel County

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Background checks will be required for the purchase of stun guns, but not training.
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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.

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