Taser bills will soon be ready for governor’s signature

Taser bills will soon be ready for governor’s signature

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

“I have been working on this legislation for years, and I am thrilled it finally passed,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Due to a small technical change it will have to come back to the Senate for a concurrence vote. After that, it will be ready to be signed into law by Gov. Snyder.”

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 police 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 officers, are only allowed to use one while performing their official duties.