A Legal Stunner in New Orleans!

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Original Article by: Michael Wisdom

New Orleans resident John Ford has the distinction of being the only private citizen with the right to carry a stun gun or TASER within the city limits. But even that right has been limited to just a 90-day period that began on December 14, 2016.

Louisiana law permits possession of stun guns for self-defense without the necessity of a permit, but municipalities are free to enact their own regulations. New Orleans has made the sale and possession of stun guns illegal with a city-wide ban on such devices.

Undeterred, Ford filed a federal lawsuit in U. S. District Court in November against the city and the police superintendent, asserting that the city’s ban violates his state and federal constitutional right to bear arms.  Ford is seeking an injunction against enforcement of the ban. He simply wants to keep a stun gun in his home for self-defense rather than having to resort to deadly force if ever confronted with a violent criminal attack.

In his suit, Ford states:

“(Ford) is aware of the potential legal, economic and psychological ramifications of even the justified use of deadly force to defend himself or his home against a violent criminal attack. (He) would prefer to minimize the likelihood that he would have to resort to deadly force in the event he was forced to defend himself or his home against a violent criminal attack.”

On Wednesday, December 14, the city and Ford reached an agreed stipulated order, granting him the sole right to purchase and possess a stun within the city limits of New Orleans. U.S. District Court Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon ordered the stipulation to be adopted. The agreement staved off for now an injunction being sought by the suit. According to court records, New Orleans city officials “may” take a look at revising somewhat the municipal code section that bans the sale and possession of the non-lethal devices.

But for 90 days at least, Ford, and only Ford, can buy a stun gun and carry it “anywhere a firearm is allowed to be carried either openly or concealed.” without the city having to admit it’s violating state or federal law with the ban.

Attorneys for Ford indicate he will push for the injunction if the city does nothing or not enough to lift the ban.

So, for the next few months, John Ford will be the only private citizen in New Orleans with the legal right to shock you – with a stun gun, that is. –by Michael Wisdom, Senior Contributing Editor, Texas & U.S. Law Shield Blog

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11 thoughts on “A Legal Stunner in New Orleans!”

  1. I for one, see little difference between a stun gun & say a 9mm.
    I get shocked thru clothing just touching a door knob, truck door
    etc., so I’d likely not survive a shock greater than 325 volts. I have
    noticed a large number of deaths at air ports etc. from stun guns
    in the past 5 years. Maybe the survival rate of gun shot victims
    is closer than we thought compared to that of stun gun victims?
    I personally wish all stun guns were either banned outright, or classed the same as automatic weapons.

    1. James Olson

      Is your post satire?

      James Olson
      January 9, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      I for one, see little difference between a stun gun & say a 9mm.
      I get shocked thru clothing just touching a door knob, truck door etc., so I’d likely not survive a shock greater than 325 volts.

      I have noticed a large number of deaths at air ports etc. from stun guns in the past 5 years.

      Maybe the survival rate of gun shot victims is closer than we thought compared to that of stun gun victims?

      I personally wish all stun guns were either banned outright, or classed the same as automatic weapons.

      1. Yes, I suppose it is. But I came into a near death situation when I
        accidentally brushed near a 650 vac circuit & the only thing that
        saved my life was the fact I fell away from the supply voltage source & it disconnected; allowing voltage to drop to zero & was
        able to unlock my arm muscles and roll over on my face, body flat
        on concrete. So, henceforth, I consider high voltage as deadly force (same as a weapon) and I also have been put down via gunshot & survived with only an artificial artery in right leg. Will this response be exceptable?

    2. That has to be the most poorly informed opinion I have ever seen. You know nothing about either firearms or stun weapons. Comparing a hand-held stun gun to an “automatic weapon” is just flat out idiotic.

      1. Robert I realize more victims are reported as dying from gunshots than from stun guns. And if I were a police officer
        I also would want a stun gun. But we have been exposed to a
        biased media that under reports those who die after being stun
        gunned down verses shot with gunfire. Guns are by far more common in households, than stun guns. Also, victims who have
        been shot most commonly have more than one bullet entry increasing their chances of bleeding to death, if not dying from
        multiple organ shutdown. And to the comment of
        some one earlier-I do have some experience in both departments. (and didn’t call anyone stupit)

    3. There have been only 630 deaths related to stun guns in the us since 2001. Many less than attributed to the 9mm firearm.

    4. Stun guns operate at very high voltage and low amperage. Voltage is a measure of the difference in charge between two points. Amperage is best described as the “flow rate” of an electric current. For any voltage, there’s an amperage threshold that is considered damaging or even lethal. A person can be hit with household current (120 volts at either 15 or 20 amperes depending on the circuit) and get a strong shock, but it’s rarely fatal. A person can be hit with 120,000 volts, but at 1 milliampere (a milliampere is a thousandth of an ampere), it would feel about like a static electricity shock you’d get from taking off a sweater in the winter.

      Stun guns work at a very high voltage balanced against a very low amperage, so, while a good one will knock you down, it won’t permanently harm you.

  2. James Olson, I too am a survivor of 480 vac in similar circumstances as yours. I have never been shot by a 9mm pistol but I am pretty familiar with them. I don’t think I would have been back at work the next day after being shot. I would take my chances with the stun gun first before taking a bullet.
    It is the current, not the voltage that usually kills an electrocution victim. Sun gun are high voltage, low current devices.

  3. Mike, I also was taught it’s not the voltage, it’s the amps, which not all people can take the same amount of shock. But new tech
    stun guns often put out over a million volts (we’re not talking the
    usual 440vac/120v range most people relate to voltage) If it takes less than 1 amper @600 volts AC to be lethal-do the math and what part of 1 amp would it take for 2 million volts to harm
    many people. Sure some guys can be knocked down 5-6 times &
    still be dangerous, but I’ve seen the type shot w/wire attached, & they are bad. My eldest son bought a mild one for his wife, as she’s in real estate & has to meet people at houses
    sometimes having never seen the people she’s showing the house to prior. Well, seeing as it was only rated @ 500,000 volts he decided to try it on himself to see if it would give her time to get away should something bad happen-he said it slammed him on the floor and he remembers seeing pictures on their walls, and a ceiling light, but was a good 30-40 minutes fully recovering. Almost funny, but glad not 2 million volts. Elderly, (like me) and people w. heart conditions should consider the 2 million volt model lethal. That said-I’m done on
    this subject. Have a great new year!

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