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FILE-In this  Aug. 16, 2007, file photo, Police Chief John Martin demonstrates a Taser in Brattleboro, Vt. Mental health advocates and civil libertarians are calling for a moratorium on police use of stun guns in Vermont following the death of man last week. They want it to last until the effects of the weapons can be investigated further and until police officers get more training in their use and in how to deal with people experiencing mental health crises.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

This woman wants safety from her ex. She can't get a Taser, but she can get a gun.


Leah Baran's ex-boyfriend Joseph Caudill said he wanted to kill her. He's in prison after beating her and raping her and is due out in 2032 at the earliest.

But Baran wants to be ready, so she tried to buy a stun gun to defend herself. She couldn't do so legally. But she could buy a gun, The Washington Post reports.

She's suing Maryland's Baltimore and Howard counties to let her carry a stun gun so she can defend herself without killing anyone. 

His last words to me were, 'If I go to jail, as soon as I get out, I'm coming for you and I am going to kill you.'
Leah Baran

Baran argued in her lawsuit, filed Monday, that shooting an attacker could both ruin and save her life. Even if the attacker survived, he or she could so. If the attacker died, the family could sue, and she'd be emotionally scarred. 

Some of the other [jurisdictions] have seen the writing on the wall and concluded they shouldn't defend them.
Eugene Volokh, UCLA professor, on stun gun bans

Stun guns were banned in multiple states after they became widely available. 

Two spokespeople for Howard and Baltimore counties did not comment. However, a Baltimore County attorney said a recent Supreme Court ruling, Caetano v. Massachusetts, overruled the part of the law that bans stun guns.

Should people be allowed to buy stun guns for self-defense?

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