Massachusetts court strikes down ban on stun guns

Massachusetts

The Latest on a plane making an emergency landing in Philadelphia (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

Southwest Airlines says that one of its planes heading from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Dallas’ Love Field landed safely in Philadelphia.

Tracking data from FlightAware.com shows the flight was heading west over New York’s southern tier when it abruptly turned toward Philadelphia.

Passengers were seen walking off the plane on the tarmac at the airport and the left engine of the plane is damaged.

It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was hurt.

Messages seeking comment from the Federal Aviation Administration weren’t immediately returned.

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12:15 p.m.

A Southwest Airlines plane has made an emergency landing at Philadelphia’s airport with what appears to be a damaged engine.

Passengers were seen walking off the plane on the tarmac at the airport.

Passengers on board posted on social media that the plane was en route from New York City to Dallas when something happened.

Messages seeking comment from the Federal Aviation Administration weren’t immediately returned.

Firefighters are on the scene but a spokeswoman couldn’t provide any details.

The state’s highest court has struck down a Massachusetts law that bans the civilian possession of stun guns.

The Supreme Judicial Court said in Tuesday’s ruling that prohibiting ownership of the weapons violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The decision marks a reversal for the court, which reached an opposite conclusion in a separate 2015 case. The U.S. Supreme Court, however, set aside that ruling, saying the Massachusetts court failed to properly explain its ruling.

The court stayed Tuesday’s ruling for 60 days to give the Legislature time to rewrite the law to regulate the ownership of stun guns without banning them entirely.

The current law allows police to use stun guns.

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