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Taser In Michigan

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    Taser ups revenue forecast amid large X2 ordersBizjournals.comA spate of sales of its newest electronic stun gun has pushed up Taser International Inc.'s Taser International Inc.

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  • TASER® Now Legal In Michigan - With Restrictions

    Civilian TASER®'s are now legal in Michigan with Restrictions.  The bill was signed by Governor Rick Snyder.  

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    An article in MLIVE  details the information.

    Civilian Tasers now legal in Michigan under law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder

    Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2012, 4:18 PM     Updated: Wednesday, May 09, 2012, 2:52 PM
    Melissa Anders | manders@mlive.com By Melissa Anders | manders@mlive.com 
    taser.jpgFlint Journal file photoA Taser weapon is shown having just released electrodes darts at the end of 21-foot copper wires.

    LANSING, MI — Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation on Tuesday to legalize civilian Tasers after the bills gained bipartisan support in the Michigan House last month

    In 90 days, Michigan citizens will be allowed to possess and use electro-muscular disruption devices, more commonly known as Tasers, with a concealed pistol license and training. They have similar restrictions and penalties as those in place for pistols.

    Michigan law had limited Taser use to certain law enforcement and corrections officers. Others, such as licensed private investigators, private security police and aircraft pilots and crew members also could carry the weapons if they have been trained and are using the device while performing official duties. Michigan now joins 44 other states that allow civilians to carry the electroshock guns.

    More than 16,800 law enforcement agencies use Tasers in 107 countries, according to Taser International Inc. spokesman Steve Tuttle.

    “We applaud the signing of the bill and thank State Senator Rick Jones’ efforts to give Michiganders the right to carry Taser technology that has saved more than 89,000 lives from death or serious injury," he said. Read more information from Taser.

    Tasers use compressed nitrogen to shoot two small probes connected by wire that transmit electrical pulses to the target, temporarily debilitating muscle control. The weapons emit confetti with serial numbers to identify the owner.

    Civilian models use cartridges that extend 15 feet and are made for one-time use with a 30-second discharge, while police model cartridges can extend up to 35 feet and generally produce five-second bursts.

    “There’s no reason law abiding citizens who have a CPL and proper training shouldn’t have access to this non-lethal alternative for protecting themselves and their loved ones,” bill sponsor Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, said during a House committee hearing in February.

    MLive readers have had mixed reactions to the bills. An MLive.com poll found that 61 percent of 383 votes support the law, with the remainder opposed. While many supported the option to carry to weapons, some readers were concerned about their safety.

    Email Melissa Anders at manders@mlive.com. Follow her on Twitter: @MelissaDAnders.

    © 2012 MLive.com. All rights reserved.

    While there are restrictions on the sale of these - a background check, TASER® training and having a CPL.  90 days from the signing of the bill sales will commence.

     

     

  • TASER® Dart Stuck In Man's Head - And He Didn't Know It??!

    At times you run across a story or blog that is just hard to believe.  This is one of those stories...how did this man get away with a TASER dart stuck in his head???    Perhaps I'll peruse the academic journals a little more often for stories like these.  Seems this man didn't know what was causing his headache!

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    The full story by BY JAMIE CONDLIFFE  MAY 2, 2012 7:38 in Gizmodo

    Sometimes, academic journals have the beststories. Like last week's issue of Forensic Science International, which describes how a man had a a drunken confrontation with the police and ended up with a taser dart stuck in his brain.

    The most ridiculous part? He didn't even realize. The only reason he went to hospital was because he had a headache. In fact, it was lodged in his frontal lobe the whole time. FromForensic Science International:

    "A 27 old man was immobilized by the police while he struggled with a police officer during an identification check and attempted an escape. He had a high level of alcohol at the time of the arrest. A X26 Taser was used to incapacitate and subdue the victim.

    "No immediate medical examination was subsequently performed in the patient after the wires were propelled and he was allowed to return home. However, because he complained of a headache, he decided to go to the nearest hospital a few hours later.

    "Upon presentation at the Emergency Department the patient was conscious. The examination revealed a harpoon-like barbed electrode dart implanted in the right frontal part of the skull and a right peri-orbital bruise…

    "The brain CT scan revealed an encephalic injury in the right area of the frontal lobe. In fact, the probe was implanted in the frontal area of the skull and then in the right frontal cortex with a penetration depth of a few millimeters."

    Fortunately—and miraculously—he suffered no infection or neurological complication whatsoever. The lucky, lucky son of a bitch. [Forensic Science International via Mind Hacks]  http://gizmodo.com/taser/

    Now how the man didn't realize he had a TASER® dart stuck in his head is beyond me.  And what about the police who fired the TASER® at him???  Couldn't they see the dart sticking out??  I bet they will hear from him again...probably when the legal papers arrive!!

  • Legalizing TASERS In Michigan - Senate Bill 29

    http://legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billintroduced/Senate/pdf/2011-SIB-0029.pdf

    SENATE BILL No. 29
    January 19, 2011, Introduced by Senator HANSEN and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
    A bill to amend 1931 PA 328, entitled
    "The Michigan penal code,"
    by amending section 224a (MCL 750.224a), as amended by 2006 PA 457.
    THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
    1 Sec. 224a. (1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a
    2 person shall not sell, offer for sale, or possess in this state a
    3 portable device or weapon from which an electrical current,
    4 impulse, wave, or beam may be directed, which current, impulse,
    5 wave, or beam is designed to incapacitate temporarily, injure, or
    6 kill.
    7 (2) This section does not prohibit any of the following:
    8 (a) The possession and reasonable use of a device that uses
    9 electro-muscular disruption technology by any of the following 2
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    1 individuals, if the individual has been trained in the use,
    2 effects, and risks of the device, and, IN THE CASE OF AN INDIVIDUAL
    3 DESCRIBED IN SUBPARAGRAPHS (i) TO (xi), is using the device while
    4 performing his or her official duties:
    5 (i) A peace officer.
    6 (ii) An employee of the department of corrections who is
    7 authorized in writing by the director of the department of
    8 corrections to possess and use the device.
    9 (iii) A local corrections officer authorized in writing by the
    10 county sheriff to possess and use the device.
    11 (iv) An individual employed by a local unit of government that
    12 utilizes a jail or lockup facility who has custody of persons
    13 detained or incarcerated in the jail or lockup facility and who is
    14 authorized in writing by the chief of police, director of public
    15 safety, or sheriff to possess and use the device.
    16 (v) A probation officer.
    17 (vi) A court officer.
    18 (vii) A bail agent authorized under section 167b.
    19 (viii) AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS BEEN ISSUED A CONCEALED PISTOL
    20 LICENSE ISSUED UNDER SECTION 5B OF 1927 PA 372, MCL 28.425B, AND
    21 HAS IN HIS OR HER POSSESSION SPECIFIC WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION FROM A
    22 LICENSED BAIL AGENT APPOINTING HIM OR HER AS THAT BAIL AGENT'S
    23 FUGITIVE RECOVERY REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE SPECIFIC DEFENDANT BEING
    24 SOUGHT AND BEARING AN EXPIRATION DATE THAT IS NOT LATER THAN
    25 DECEMBER 31 OF THE YEAR IN WHICH THE AUTHORIZATION WAS EXECUTED OR
    26 THE NAMED DEFENDANT IS APPREHENDED, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST.
    27 (ix) (viii) A licensed private investigator. 3
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    1 (x) (ix) An aircraft pilot or aircraft crew member.
    2 (xi) (x) An individual employed as a private security police
    3 officer. As used in this subparagraph, "private security police"
    4 means that term as defined in section 2 of the private security
    5 business and security alarm act, 1968 PA 330, MCL 338.1052.
    6 (xii) AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HOLDS A VALID LICENSE TO CARRY A
    7 CONCEALED PISTOL UNDER SECTION 5B OF 1927 PA 372, MCL 28.425B.
    8 (b) Possession solely for the purpose of delivering a device
    9 described in subsection (1) to any governmental agency or to a
    10 laboratory for testing, with the prior written approval of the
    11 governmental agency or law enforcement agency and under conditions
    12 determined to be appropriate by that agency.
    13 (3) A manufacturer, authorized importer, or authorized dealer
    14 may demonstrate, offer for sale, hold for sale, sell, give, lend,
    15 or deliver a device that uses electro-muscular disruption
    16 technology to a person authorized to possess a device that uses
    17 electro-muscular disruption technology and may possess a device
    18 that uses electro-muscular disruption technology for any of those
    19 purposes.
    20 (4) A person who violates this section SUBSECTION (1) is
    21 guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 4
    22 years or a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or both.
    23 (5) AN AUTHORIZED DEALER OR OTHER PERSON WHO SELLS A DEVICE
    24 THAT USES ELECTRO-MUSCULAR DISRUPTION TECHNOLOGY TO AN INDIVIDUAL
    25 DESCRIBED IN SUBSECTION (2)(A)(xii) SHALL VERIFY THE INDIVIDUAL'S
    26 IDENTITY AND VERIFY THAT THE INDIVIDUAL HOLDS A VALID CONCEALED
    27 PISTOL LICENSE ISSUED UNDER SECTION 5B OF 1927 PA 372, MCL 28.425B, 4
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    1 AND SHALL PROVIDE TO THE INDIVIDUAL PURCHASING THE DEVICE, AT THE
    2 TIME OF THE SALE, TRAINING ON THE USE, EFFECTS, AND RISKS OF THE
    3 DEVICE. A PERSON WHO VIOLATES THIS SUBSECTION IS GUILTY OF A
    4 MISDEMEANOR PUNISHABLE BY IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN 30 DAYS OR
    5 A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN $500.00, OR BOTH.
    6 (6) BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY TO THE USE OF A DEVICE THAT
    7 USES ELECTRO-MUSCULAR DISRUPTION TECHNOLOGY BY AN INDIVIDUAL
    8 DESCRIBED IN SUBSECTION (2)(A)(xii):
    9 (A) THE INDIVIDUAL SHALL NOT USE THE DEVICE AGAINST ANOTHER
    10 PERSON UNLESS THE DEVICE IS REASONABLY USED IN THE PROTECTION OF
    11 PERSON OR PROPERTY UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WOULD JUSTIFY THE
    12 INDIVIDUAL'S USE OF PHYSICAL FORCE. AN INDIVIDUAL WHO VIOLATES THIS
    13 SUBDIVISION IS GUILTY OF A MISDEMEANOR PUNISHABLE BY IMPRISONMENT
    14 FOR NOT MORE THAN 2 YEARS OR A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN $2,000.00, OR
    15 BOTH.
    16 (B) IF THE INDIVIDUAL USES, OR THREATENS TO USE, THE DEVICE
    17 DURING THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME TO TEMPORARILY OR PERMANENTLY
    18 DISABLE ANOTHER PERSON, THE JUDGE WHO IMPOSES SENTENCE UPON A
    19 CONVICTION FOR THAT CRIME SHALL CONSIDER THE DEFENDANT'S USE OR
    20 THREATENED USE OF THE DEVICE AS A REASON FOR ENHANCING THE
    21 SENTENCE.
    22 (7) (5) As used in this section:
    23 (a) "A device that uses electro-muscular disruption
    24 technology" means a device to which all BOTH of the following
    25 apply:
    26 (i) The device is capable of creating an electro-muscular
    27 disruption and is used or intended to be used as a defensive device 5
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    1 capable of temporarily incapacitating or immobilizing a person by
    2 the direction or emission of conducted energy.
    3 (ii) The device contains an identification and tracking system
    4 that, when the device is initially used, dispenses coded material
    5 traceable to the purchaser through records kept by the
    6 manufacturer, .
    7 (iii) The AND THE manufacturer of the device has a policy of
    8 providing the THAT identification and tracking information
    9 described in subparagraph (ii) to a police agency upon written
    10 request by that agency. HOWEVER, THIS SUBDIVISION DOES NOT APPLY TO
    11 A LAUNCHABLE DEVICE THAT IS USED ONLY BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.
    12 (b) "Local corrections officer" means that term as defined in
    13 section 2 of the local corrections officers training act, 2003 PA
    14 125, MCL 791.532.
    15 (c) "Peace officer" means any of the following:
    16 (i) A police officer or public safety officer of this state or
    17 a political subdivision of this state, including motor carrier
    18 officers appointed under section 6d of 1935 PA 59, MCL 28.6d, and
    19 security personnel employed by the state under section 6c of 1935
    20 PA 59, MCL 28.6c.
    21 (ii) A sheriff or a sheriff's deputy.
    22 (iii) A police officer or public safety officer of a junior
    23 college, college, or university who is authorized by the governing
    24 board of that junior college, college, or university to enforce
    25 state law and the rules and ordinances of that junior college,
    26 college, or university.
    27 (iv) A township constable. 6
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    1 (v) A marshal of a city, village, or township.
    2 (vi) A conservation officer of the department of natural
    3 resources or the department of environmental quality.
    4 (vii) A RESERVE PEACE OFFICER, AS THAT TERM IS DEFINED IN
    5 SECTION 1 OF 1927 PA 372, MCL 28.421.
    6 (viii) (vii) A law enforcement officer of another state or of a
    7 political subdivision of another state or a junior college,
    8 college, or university in another state, substantially
    9 corresponding to a law enforcement officer described in
    10 subparagraphs (i) to (vi) (vii).
    11 (ix) (viii) A federal law enforcement officer.
    12 Enacting section 1. This amendatory act does not take effect
    13 unless Senate Bill No. 30
    14 of the 96th Legislature is enacted into law

     

  • Legal TASER® Use One Step Closer in Michigan

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    TASER® In Michigan May Soon Be Legal

    Those with CCW in  Michigan may  soon be allowed to carry a TASER® to temporarily disable potential attackers.  The House almost unanimously passed Senate bills 2930 and 93. The Senate originally approved the bills last October, but made  some technical changes before the bills are sent to the Governor for his signature.

    Under the law, citizens can possess and use electro-muscular disruption devices, also known as a TASER® with a concealed pistol license and training. The bills call for similar restrictions and penalties as the laws in place for pistols.  A TASER® must be registered to activate it and a background check is performed.

    Civilian TASER®'s, which are legal in 44 states, have less firing range than the type the  police use. The police stun guns can shoot up to 35 feet while the civilian model goes 15 feet.  The bill is only for legal TASER's  in Michigan and does not apply to stun guns.

    Lawmakers are considering another bill that would speed up the process for obtaining a concealed weapon permit and allow some licensed gun owners with additional training to carry concealed pistols in traditionally pistol-free zones, such as schools, hospitals and bars.

    State Sen. Rick Jones, a former Eaton County sheriff who once allowed himself to be shocked by a Taser during a 2008 legislative committee meeting, said "thousands" of citizens have contacted him seeking legalization of the Taser device.Jones,  said he believes the threat of electroshock could prevent violent crimes, especially against women."I would say you could pull it out and say 'Back away, I have a Taser,'" said Jones. "Ninety-nine percent of the time I think they'll run away because they don't want to be Tasered."

    More than 286,000 Michigan residents had a valid concealed pistol license in October, according to the Michigan State Police.

    The House's minor changes to the bills must be approved by the full Senate before the legislation can advance to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.

     

     


  • A TASER® Can Be A Stun Gun - But A Stun Gun Can't Be A TASER®

     

    Confusion arises between the difference of a TASER® and a stun gun. They are two different things and should be treated as such.

    TASER® is a trademarked name for TASER® International as well as a brand name. TASER®'s are products used by many Law enforcement agencies and civilians alike. TASER®'s cause electrical muscular disruption (EMD) which results in involuntary muscle control causing a person to drop to the ground.

    The TASER® has two electrodes which propel from the gun through the use of compressed nitrogen. These dart like electrodes are still attached to the main unit and may not be reused. A new cartridge must be used each time. If the TASER® does not hit the target it can be used as a stun gun.

    A stun gun must be touching the other person to be effective. The probes produce an electrical current which can go through the clothes. The electrical current will cause the muscles to work very fast and depletes them of blood sugars. This current will also interrupt the tiny neurological impulses that control muscle movement. This will result in disorientation and a loss of balance. Leaving someone an opportunity to get away from a dangerous situation.

    The TASER@ can also be used as a stun gun. So, this is how a TASER® can be a stun gun but a stun gun can't be a TASER®.

     

  • Taser Use Will Soon Be Legal In Michigan

    A senate bill has passed that will soon make the use of a Taser Legal in Michigan. Residents have been unable to use the weapons for quite some time and a recent bill changed all this.

    SUMMARY OF SENATE BILLS 29, 30, & 93 AS PASSED BY THE SENATE

    The bills would amend various acts to:
    o Expand the use and possession of an electro-muscular disruption device (EMD) to include a holder of a concealed pistol license (CPL).
    o Subject possession and use of an EMD to the same requirements and prohibitions as for a concealed pistol.
    o Include a reserve peace officer among the peace officers authorized to carry and use an EMD.
    o Place new criminal penalties for the unlawful use of an EMD by a person authorized to possess and use an EMD in the sentencing guidelines.

    In general, the sale or possession of stun guns and their ilk is strictly prohibited. A narrow exception is made for a device using electro-muscular disruption technology (EMD) and that delivers the shock through probes attached to wires. The devices also dispel “tags,” which are confetti-type objects that contain identification and tracking
    information traceable to the purchaser.

    The bills would all take effect 90 days after enactment.

    Senate Bill 29 would amend the Michigan Penal Code (MCL 750.224a). The bill would do the following:

    o Allow the possession and reasonable use of an EMD by an individual with a valid concealed pistol license and who has been trained as specified in the bill regarding the use, effects, and risks of the device.
    o Require an authorized dealer or seller of an EMD to a CPL holder to verify the person’s identity and possession of a valid CPL. The dealer or seller must also provide, at the time of sale, training on the use, effects, and risks of the device. A violation of these provisions would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of not more than $500.
    o Make using an EMD against another person, except under circumstances that would justify the individual’s lawful use of physical force, a high court misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than two years and/or a fine of not more than $2,000. This penalty would apply to all persons authorized to possess and use an EMD, including peace officers.
    o Include a reserve police officer, as defined in PA 372 of 1927, in the definition of “peace officer,” thus authorizing these individuals to possess and use EMDs in the performance of their duties. In addition, to be a lawful EMD for purposes of the act, the device must contain an identification and tracking system that dispenses coded material traceable to the purchaser through records kept by the manufacturer, and the manufacturer must have a policy of providing that information to a police agency upon written request by that agency.

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    brand products are the only ones now that have identification and a tracking system as required by law.

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