By, now, you may have seen reports on morning TV news, in local papers, or on the internet indicating that Jermaine Jackson’s 13-year-old son, Jafar, ordered a “Taser” or stun gun over the internet and may or may not have pointed the device at Michael Jackson’s children. Please know – any article or news report referring the stun gun as a Tasewr brand electronic control device (ECD) is wrong!

The stun gun found in the possession of Jafar Jackson WAS NOT a Taser brand stun device. It was a non-projectile “Stun Master 300C” stun gun.

To our knowledge, Taser devices are the only projectile stun guns currently sold to the general public; however, there are possibly dozens of generic or non-projectile stun guns which are manufactured overseas and sold into the United States via the internet and other means. It should be remembered that all Taser brand devices are stun guns, but not all stun guns are Taser brand devices.

Taser is the name of a company and Taser is the owner of the Taser registered Trademark. It can only be used to describe products manufactured by Taser International of Scottsdale, Arizona. It is also an acronym which stands for Thomas A Swift’s Electric Rifle, taken from the inventor’s favorite childhood stories.

Since the founding of Taser International in the early 1990s, the company has voluntarily provided measures to ensure proper use and accountability for misuse of its products.

These measures include:

-providing unique serial numbers on all Taser ECDs and Taser cartridges (the ammunition);
-requiring the registration of the devices and the cartridges with the company;
-the conducting of criminal background checks on the original purchaser;
-the limiting of sales to individuals 18 years old or older; and,
– including the Anti-Felon Identification (AFID) system in each cartridge – a system which spreads small hole-punch sized confetti tags with the cartridge’s serial number when the device’s projectiles (darts) are fired.

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