Baltimore, MD - May 16, 2017 -  -- The Baltimore City Council voted to legalize stun gun possession for city residents.

The Baltimore Sun reports the council voted 14-1 Monday to approve the legislation. The measure allows a person to use stun guns as a form of non-lethal self-defense.

The legislation states stun guns can't be possessed by a person who poses an unacceptable risk to public safety. This includes people facing restraining orders and those who have been committed to a mental institution.

The bill is the latest local response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that suggested Second Amendment rights extend to stun guns.

Area residents filed a federal lawsuit in January challenging local bans in the city as well as in Baltimore and Howard counties.

Howard and Baltimore counties have repealed stun gun bans.


Information from: The Baltimore Sun,