Stun guns for citizens a charged issue with law enforcement, legislators.

Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jeff Blackmer said he wishes…

Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jeff Blackmer said he wishes the state legislature would holster attempts to allow stun guns under the state’s concealed weapons law.

“I think it’s a bad thing,” said Blackmer, who has been a stun gun instructor for the sheriff’s office since 2009. “It’s bad enough to keep kids away from knives and firearms.

“People might treat (stun guns) like toys and they’re dangerous. There is an awful lot of power,” he said.
Stun guns — commonly referred to as Tasers, a brand name — are not legal in Michigan outside of law enforcement and a few other limited exceptions. Law enforcement officers have used Tasers in Michigan for several years. The device fires two prongs that can penetrate clothing and deliver an electrical charge strong enough to disable a person.

Now, a bill to allow stun guns under the state’s concealed weapons law recently passed the state House.
The bill would allow people to carry so-called “citizen Tasers,” if they undergo a training course and meet the standard requirements for getting a concealed weapons permit. Those include not having a felony criminal record or documented history of mental issues.

Source: Heather Lynn Peters for The Muskegon Chronicle.

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  • General Jim M

    It’s ok for citizens to carry a deadly weapon like a Glock but it’s not ok to carry a Taser? I swear that people are getting dumber all the time.The government is stupid too.They have MIRV nuclear weapons and they are worried that you have a Taser? They are bombing people all over the planet and have armed agents in every federal department,but you’re nuts?We have to get over this idea that government employess are somehow superior to the citizens that they work for.More people are shot by cops than by citizens with CCWs.Most trained cops only qualify once a year.Those aqre the ones who think guns are evil.I’d rather get hit by a taser than a 40 cal hollowpoint.Sell them a taser,maybe they won’t buy the gun.