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Sean Brewer, A cop since '82, a 2nd Amendment advocate much longer.
Answered Dec 29, 2016
Contrary to what Hollywood wants you to believe, neither a stun gun, nor a Taser, has the ability to render you unconscious. A Taser operates on the principle of electrical muscular incapacitation, which is a fancy way of saying your muscles lock up. Part of the process for being able to carry a Taser on duty, is getting shot by it, so you know, first hand, what the effects are. It is intensely unpleasant. Once the Taser is turned off, or completes its cycle, there are, quite literally, no effects. You go from “HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!” to “Hey! I’m all better!” in the blink of an eye.
A stun gun, on the other hand, is designed for pain compliance. While they typically don’t hurt any more, or less, than a Taser, they lack the muscle lock up properties, and the effects can linger for a few seconds after the device is shut off.
Bill Stein, AF SF Augmentee, third generation Law Enforcement
Answered Dec 27
Most commercial pepper sprays have as their active ingredient oleoresin capsicum (OC), which is the oil from hot peppers. That’s why it is called “pepper spray.” The oil is suspended in an inert fluid along with a propellant in the can. It sprays out in a stream and can usually reach 10 to 15 feet from the sprayer.
For most people, it’s very painful, and the effects are relatively long lasting, as the oil is difficult to remove from skin without solvents.
Jeremy Pollack September 13, 2016 A non-lethal, legal weapon is always a highly preferred choice for self-protection. Even if you’re legally allowed to carry a lethal defense weapon, like a gun or a knife, you don’t want to have to use it. So, carrying pepper spray, a stun gun, or a Taser are the best options for self-defense. But to legally carry and use the latter two, you better know when and how to use a stun gun properly. The following are some tips on how and when to use a stun gun, the difference between stun guns and Tasers, and how Tasers for civilians differ from those carried by law enforcement.
By MAYA RHODAN
March 21, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that stun-guns can be carried for self defense, issuing a favorable decision for a woman who was convicted for carrying the weapon in Massachusetts.
The Supreme Court’s ruling vacates a Massachusetts supreme court decision that said state law banned the possession of stun-guns. The Massachusetts court decided the Second Amendment did not extend protection to such weapons because stun-guns were not around when the Constitution was written.
The Supreme Court, however, has previously held that the right to bear arms extends to weapons that weren’t around at the time of the nation’s founding.
The ruling, both unanimous and brief, is not signed by any particular justice and avoids any further examination of the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito wrote an extended concurring opinion that expanded on the Massachusetts case, in which a woman brandished a stun-gun during an encounter with her abusive ex-boyfriend.
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Self Defense Man October 12, 2011
Choosing A Self Defense Weapon
There are many things to consider when choosing a self defense weapon. Hopefully this will give you a better idea of available options and things that need to be considered when choosing a personal self defense item or non-lethal weapon. You have to consider what self defense weapon is legal to own in your area, personal preferences as well as limitations and strengths of each of the self defense weapons available. There are stun guns, pepper spray, personal alarms, kubotans and other self defense options such as martial arts training and techniques. Each have their advantages and disadvantages, and sometimes a combination of methods and self defense weapons is the best plan for personal self defense.
Self Defense Weapon Considerations
Most non-lethal self defense weapons and devices are legal in most areas; however, a stun gun is a self defense weapon that is restricted or sometimes totally banned in a handful of states which limits your available options in those areas. Stun guns are totally banned or restricted in HI, MA, MI, NY, NJ, WI, RI, IL, and CT. Local governments like Crawford County Iowa are known areas with bans or restrictions. In addition, although pepper spray is legal in all 50 states, some states have restrictions on the amount that can be carried as well as the strength and concentration of the pepper spray that is allowed.
There are stun guns, pepper spray, personal alarms, kubotan self defense keychains, and martial arts training to consider for realistic ways to protect yourself with a self defense weapon. Stun guns can be held to just about any part of an attacker’s body and the current can even pass through clothing, but you must come in direct contact with your attacker to stun him with it. If your attacker pulls it away from you then it can be used against you. Some, but not all of them come with disable pins connected to wrist straps. If they are pulled away from you the disable pin is pulled out and the stun gun can’t be used. Pepper spray is a legal self defense weapon in all 50 states, although some states have restrictions on it. The advantage is that you do not have to get very close to your attacker to use it, but the effective target area is limited to the face and you must make sure to make your sprays count. Personal alarms are great in that they are legal everywhere and you do not have to come close to an attacker to use them, but if there is nobody around that can hear it, it becomes a useless self defense weapon to protect yourself. A Kubotan self defense keychain is a legal self defense weapon just about anywhere in the US, but might not be as effective as a good spray of pepper in the face of an attacker or a stun gun leaving your attacker on the ground. These self defense weapons can require a little bit of practice or training to be effective whereas pepper spray and stun guns require much less practice or training. Martial arts training is excellent because it does not require you to carry any kind of self defense weapon, but of course this is going to take the most training and time to master. There are various self defense fighting videos on the market which can teach a few easy to master moves that anyone can use to defend themselves. This might be the best way to go for someone looking to master some basic self defense moves, but is not looking for a long time or life long hobby of formal martial arts training.
Self Defense Weapon Strategy
Probably the best strategy is to have a combination of self defense weapons or tactics that you can use to defend yourself if the need ever arises. Some hardened criminals have been known to become more or less desensitized or almost immune from pepper spray from being sprayed so many times. Someone like this may need a follow up with a stun from a stun gun to ward them off. Which ever self defense weapon you choose, it should be something that you feel comfortable and confident using.
PHILADELPHIA ---(Ammoland.com)- Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF) are hailing an ordinance effectively repealing the City of Philadelphia’s ban on law-abiding adults from owning, using, possessing, selling, or transferring electronic arms, like “stun guns” and "Tasers". The bill was passed in a 16-0 vote at this morning’s city council meeting.
In early April, FPC and FPF commissioned attorney Stephen Stamboulieh to send a letter to every city in the United States, including the City of Philadelphia, that banned electronic arms—like “stun guns” and Tasers—demanding a repeal on threat of litigation.
Later that month, a representative of the City of Philadelphia’s Law Department contacted Mr. Stamboulieh and said that the City was considering its response. Then, in June, the City’s Law Department sent a copy of bill no. 170674 that was filed in response to the demand, which would effectively repeal the ban for adults and narrow the reach of the law to persons under 18 years of age.
“We thank Councilmember Jones for his leadership on this important issue,” said Brandon Combs, president of the Coalition and chairman of the Foundation. “City of Philadelphia residents and visitors can now exercise their Second Amendment right to keep and bear these important arms for self-defense.”
“The city’s hand on the issue was forced by a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling….and the threat of legal action from a gun rights group,” reported Philadelphia Magazine’s Joe Trinacria in an October 24, 2017, article, relating information told to him by Mayor Jim Kenny’s spokesperson, Laruen Hitt.
FPC and FPF are supporting a legal challenge to the State of New York’s total ban on electronic arms, a case helmed by Stamboulieh as well as Alan Beck of San Diego, and are working to repeal or strike down laws across the country that infringe on Second Amendment rights. Similar bans have been repealed or amended in Tacoma, WA; Westminster, MD; Annapolis, MD; New Orleans, LA; and the State of New Jersey.
FPC and FPF will continue their efforts in Pennsylvania by soon filing a “friend of the court” brief with the state’s Supreme Court regarding the right to keep and bear arms, people who carry firearms for self-defense, and the importance of the presumption of innocence.
Firearms Policy Coalition (www.firearmspolicy.org) is a 501(c)4 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
Firearms Policy Foundation (www.firearmsfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPF’s mission is to defend the Constitution of the United States and the People’s rights, privileges and immunities deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition, especially the inalienable, fundamental, and individual right to keep and bear arms.
Officials in the Garden State are now moving to allow ownership and use of stun guns in the aftermath of a successful lawsuit from gun rights advocates.
A letter issued by New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino last week provides guidance to law enforcement across New Jersey on the state’s new stun gun laws after the end of a public comment period by state police.
While those 18-years of age or older can possess the devices, their use would still be a violation for minors as would the sale of stun guns or Tasers to those underage. Also, use of an electronic weapon in a crime or carry on a school campus without written authorization is still illegal, according to Porrino.
The change of course came after a legal challenge was brought last August by Mark Cheeseman, joined with the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, after he attempted to buy a Taser online and was refused by the company, citing New Jersey law that prohibited them from selling the device in the state. Under law in the New Jersey at the time, possession of stun devices by non-law enforcement personnel was punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Attorneys for the advocates, Stephen Stamboulieh and Alan Beck, pointed out the flaws in the state’s law when compared to the 2008 Heller decision as well as Caetano, a 2016 Supreme Court case directly concerning stun guns that held the electric devices were bearable arms protected by the Second Amendment.
Porrino, named in his official capacity as a defendant in the New Jersey lawsuit, agreed in April to stop fighting the case and in June came to an agreement with the plaintiffs, citing that the state intended to change the law within 180 days.
“Congratulations are in order to the citizens of New Jersey as they now have additional options with which to defend themselves and their loved ones,” said Stamboulieh in a statement.
Annie Pratt, director of consumer products for Taser said New Jerseyans scored a victory when the ban was lifted. “We’re excited to introduce our products to New Jersey in the coming weeks and months,” said Pratt, in an email. “The new regulations will allow us to help fill a void for New Jersey residents who haven’t had a viable, non-firearm option for defense.”
Pratt pointed out that Tasers also provide self-defense for runners, hikers, and active people who may not be comfortable owning guns.
Meanwhile, across the river in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love is moving to jettison their own largely unenforced ban on stun guns. Proposed changes will allow Philadelphia residents over the age of 18 to legally own and possess the devices for the first time since 1977.
ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WBFF) - A vote by the Howard County Council could change the way you can protect yourself on the streets of Maryland.
The council voted 4-1 Tuesday night to lift its ban on the sale of tasers and stun guns. The council held an emergency meeting on the matter last week. They introduced legislation to get rid of the ban and Tuesday held a public hearing before the vote.
A federal lawsuit filed in late January triggered the council's move to repeal the ban.
Elizabeth Baran, a Howard County resident, is suing Baltimore City and Baltimore County, which have electronic bans in effect, to allow her to carry a stun gun. Howard County is also named in that lawsuit.
Baran, a domestic violence survivor, argues tasters are essential for self-defense.
She spoke out after learning Howard Count has voted to lift that ban.
"I'm obviously very happy," said Baran. "It allows people an option to protect themselves. It gives me a non-lethal option."
Jen Terrasa was the only council member who voted to keep the ban in place. She said the bill was being rushed through without proper discussion.
In March, the Supreme Court suggested that stun guns and tasers are protected under the Second Amendment.
This news item (9/30/14) promotes the message she should have carried a gun. At least, she should have carried a pepper spray. This is a perfect example of a person who should have been pressured into buying a pepper spray. There should not be a realtor out there that is not carrying, at least, a pepper spray.
Carter’s attacker told police he selected her because she was “a woman that worked alone.”
Deterrence requires more than a phone.
ABC News) – The man accused of kidnapping and killing Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter said today she was targeted because she was “a woman that worked alone.”
Aaron Lewis, an ex-con, pleaded not guilty today charges of capital murder, robbery and kidnapping in connection with Carter’s death. He is being held on $1 million bail.
Lewis, 33, admitted during police questioning to kidnapping Carter, 50, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Lt. Carl Minden told ABC News. Lewis did not admit to the slaying and did not provide any details about Carter’s whereabouts, Minden said.
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