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PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island’s ban on the possession of stun guns and Tasers is being challenged in a federal lawsuit.

WPRI-TV reports two Rhode Island residents who say they want to purchase an electronic weapon for personal safety filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Providence.

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha and State Police Col. James Manni are named as defendants.

Neronha’s spokeswoman said Monday it would be inappropriate to comment on pending litigation.

The plaintiffs are Michael O’Neil, vice president of the Rhode Island Second Amendment Coalition, and Nicola Grasso, former president of the Rhode Island Federated Sportsman’s Association.

Rhode Island and Hawaii retain bans on stun guns.

The lawsuit seeks to strike down Rhode Island’s law as unconstitutional under the Second Amendment.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com

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