Q: Can you track TASER energy weapon usage?
A: TASER energy weapons are designed for safety, effectiveness, objective accountability and performance. All law enforcement and professional models released after 2011 are designed on an all-digital platform, allowing the energy weapon to provide objective analytics of use.
Unlike all other force options, the TASER energy weapon records event logs for every user action, including safety activation and trigger event duration with times and dates. Pulse logs also display an objective pulse-by-pulse record of delivered output. This information is recorded for safety and objective accountability.
Q: Can TASER energy weapons be energized for longer than their initial cycle?
A: TASER energy weapons are designed to incapacitate a subject long enough for law enforcement to secure the subject or for civilians to begin to move away from aggressors. However, TASER energy weapons can be used on a single subject for longer than the initial 5-second cycle where justified. A user can deploy a back-up cartridge to maximize probe spread and improve NMI effectiveness, or re-energize probes that have already made a successful connection when compliance is not yet achieved. Either scenario would incapacitate a subject for another electrical cycle or for as long as probes are re-energized. It is therefore imperative for both public safety and civilians to be trained on TASER best practices and follow any agency or state policies and laws that that guide TASER energy weapon use.
Q: Are TASER energy weapons legal for civilians to own?
A:TASER energy weapons are currently legal for civilian use in 49 of 50 US states. Additionally, the TASER Bolt 2, TASER Pulse and Pulse+ weapons are specific civilian models designed to incapacitate attackers for a longer period of time than those used by law enforcement, giving civilians time to distance themselves from a threat. In May of 2022, Rhode Island struck down R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-42(a)(1), opening a door for civilian TASER energy weapon ownership nationwide.
NOTE: Axon is not providing legal advice. Rules and restrictions around the sale and possession of TASER energy weapons vary by state. Before purchasing or possessing a TASER energy weapon, be sure to review all local laws in your state. For more information, please visit taser.com/pages/state-requirements
Q: Are law enforcement and civilian TASER energy weapons the same?
A:At the end of the day, all TASER energy weapons are designed to induce neuromuscular incapacitation, or NMI, but law enforcement and civilian weapons often have some differences. When a member of law enforcement deploys a TASER energy weapon, it is intended to incapacitate a threat momentarily to give the officer a chance to secure the threat. For that reason, the standard cycle of law enforcement TASER energy weapons is 5 seconds of electric current. For a civilian, the goal of deploying a TASER energy weapon is often to fend off an attacker long enough to get to safety. For that reason, many civilian TASER energy weapons are more compact, discrete, and have a 30-second cycle of electric current. Some civilian models even connect to bluetooth and can dispatch emergency service when needed. So no, law enforcement and civilian TASER energy weapons are not the same because they each serve unique and important purposes.
Q: Are TASER energy weapons intended for one time use?
A:Most TASER energy weapons, both civilian and law enforcement models, have a 5-year recommended useful life. When a TASER energy weapon is deployed, the used cartridge is discarded, but the TASER energy weapon can be reloaded with a new cartridge and deployed again. Sometimes, when an individual deploys their civilian TASER energy weapon, they may need to drop the weapon and run. In many cases, if you leave behind a non-professional series TASER energy weapon after deploying in self-defense, it will be replaced, free of charge.
For more information on civilian TASER energy weapons and replacement programs, please visit taser.com.
*Kroll, M.W., Brave, M.A., Pratt, H.M.O. et al. Benefits, Risks and Myths of TASER Handheld Electrical Weapons. Hum Factors Mech Eng Def Saf 3, 7 (2019).
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