On Sept. 11, 2011, an argument erupted between fans at a Jets-Cowboys game
at MetLife Stadium., a 60-year-old Cowboys fan from South Carolina declined
to stand during the national anthem, apparently due to a medical condition,
it was later learned.
A scuffle ensued, and the Cowboys fan pulled out and used a stun gun he
was wearing on his hip. One man reportedly fell down the stairs, and the
Cowboys fan was arrested and charged with seven counts of assault, along with
felony possession of a weapon.
The South Carolina man pled guilty yesterday to the gun charge in exchange
for having the seven assault charges dropped. Although he did agree to
the plea bargain, it should be pointed out that he was accustomed to carrying
his stun gun in South Carolina and did not realize that possessing one
was illegal in New Jersey.
"He wasn't intentionally trying to do something illegal,"
his criminal defense attorney told reporters.
Possessing a stun gun is prohibited altogether in New Jersey, and being
caught with one can result in a Class 4 felony charge. In fact, New Jersey
has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation and was the last state
to allow stun guns even for police officers. Even so, the officers who
carry the non-lethal weapons must be selected personally be each department
and may only use the stun gun to prevent harm to the officer or others.
New Jersey's gun laws are complex, and many people run afoul of them
without even realize they have committed a crime. If you or someone you
care about is ever charged with felony possession of a weapon or another
gun offense, you should contact an attorney experienced with weapons charges.
Source: The Record (Bergen County), "Cowboys fan draws probation for stun-gun use at Jets-Dallas game," Michael Copley, Dec. 7, 2012