House Judiciary Committee approves Taser bills

House Judiciary Committee approves Taser bills

LANSING — Individuals with Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPLS) would be able to legally carry Tasers under legislation approved Thursday by the House Judiciary Committee, said sponsor Sen. Rick Jones.

“My office has been flooded with calls asking when this bill is going to pass,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “If you can use a gun, you can use a Taser plain and simple. This measure simply offers people an alternative to carrying a gun.”

Senate Bill 29 would allow CPL holders to possess and reasonably use an electro-muscular disruption device, such as a Taser. The legislation would also require authorized dealers to provide training to CPL holders on the use and risks of Tasers and restrict use of the devices to self-defense.

Jones’ measure, SB 30, would require CPL holders carrying Tasers on their person or in their vehicle to disclose so to peace officers. The proposed law would also prohibit qualified individuals from carrying the devices while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.

SB 93 would amend state law to include sentencing guidelines for violating the other measures.

Dealers who violate SB 29 would be guilty of a misdemeanor and could serve up to 30 days in jail or a fine of up to $500, while individuals convicted of using a Taser for anything other than self-defense would be guilty of a misdemeanor and would face up to two years in prison and a fine of $2,000.

Under current law, individuals who have been trained in the use of a Taser, such as law enforcement peace officers, are only allowed to use one while performing their official duties.

Electro-muscular disruption devices stun people by stimulating the sensory and motor nerves to produce strong involuntary muscle contractions that can temporarily incapacitate people.

SBs 29, 30 and 93 now advance to the full House for further consideration.