Originally posted on CBS Baltimore:
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Controversial vote. Anne Arundel County becomes the first in central Maryland to allow residents to carry stun guns and Tasers. The County Council voted Monday to lift the ban on electronic control devices.
Meghan McCorkell has more on the decision.
In a tight vote Monday night, the County Council decided to lift the ban on the devices, despite some concerns for public safety.
Stun guns and Tasers could soon be in the hands of residents in Anne Arundel County.
“I think it provides an alternative…for folks that are not comfortable carrying handguns. It gives them a choice. It gives them an option,” said Councilman Derek Fink, who sponsored the bill.
The County Council has voted to lift a ban on the devices for anyone over the age of 18 who passes a criminal background check.
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Supporters say it’s necessary for self-defense.
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