NEW ORLEANS – A New Orleans man claims the city's ban on Tasers violates the U.S. Constitution.
John Ford filed a complaint on Nov. 17 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the city of New Orleans and Superintendent of Police Michael S. Harrison citing the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he wishes to purchase a Taser for his own personal use, but the devices are illegal in New Orleans.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order enjoining defendants from enforcing the ban the acquisition, possession, carrying or use of Tasers and other electronic arms, declaring New Orleans Municipal Code § 54-339 as unconstitutional and unenforceable, award for attorney fees and costs and such other relief consistent with the injunction.
He is represented by Jeffrey P. Berniard of Berniard Law LLC in New Orleans, Stephen D. Stamboulieh of Stamboulieh Law PLLC in Madison, Mississippi and Alan Alexander Beck of Law Office of Alan Beck in San Diego, California.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-16433