Lifting a ban on electronic weapons in Howard County


Reporter Fatimah Waseem writes an article titled “Lawsuit prompts repeal of Howard County’s electronic weapons ban”. In this article:

Howard County lawmakers introduced an emergency bill Wednesday that would lift a ban on electronic weapons in response to a federal lawsuit that challenges the county’s longstanding restrictions on the use and sale of Tasers and stun guns.


The Council is scheduled to vote on the proposal Feb. 21.

You can read the full article details HERE.

It sounds like this will move quickly and the ban will be removed here in Howard County. It does not seem to be moving this fast for Baltimore City or Baltimore County…but happy to see this move forward quickly for the residents of Howard County.

One item in the article caught me as odd:

Although Howard’s ban is enshrined in county law, local police do not fully enforce it. In April 2016, Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner barred his officers from bringing criminal charges against individuals for violating the county’s stun gun ban. At a monthly meeting with the Council that month, Gardner said the police department does not enforce the ban.

Wait…what? The police department can just pick and choose which laws they decide to uphold? Although I am fully supportive of changing this law and removing the ban, should the police department be able to decide not to follow a law on our books?

Maybe it is just me…but does this strike anyone else as odd?

That is it for today.

Scott E



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