Individuals with Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL) would be allowed to legally carry Tasers under measures approved by the Michigan Senate.
This common sense legislation is about public safety. Using a Taser is a nonlethal means for self-defense by temporarily incapacitating a criminal suspect or attacker. Allowing someone who is already trained to carry a gun to use a Taser is a responsible policy that will enable Southwest Michigan residents to protect their families in the safest manner possible.
Senate Bill 29 would allow CPL holders to possess and reasonably use an electro-muscular disruption device, commonly known as a Taser or stun gun. The bill also requires authorized dealers to provide training to CPL holders on the use and risks of Tasers and restricts use of the devices to self-defense.
Individuals convicted of using a Taser for anything other than self-defense would face up to two years in prison and a fine of $2,000.
SBs 30 and 93 require CPL holders carrying Tasers on their person or in their vehicle to disclose this to police officers; ban individuals from carrying the devices while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances; and outline fine and jail time for violators.
Law enforcement officers in Michigan have been using Tasers for years. This reform will expand our state’s CPL law to allow our most responsible citizen gun owners to use these nonlethal devices – with all the restrictions of a concealed weapon.