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.
Pepper spray is most effective when used the right way, and without knowing how to use it correctly you can put yourself at risk for pepper spray failure. Although using it is a straightforward process there are still some guidelines you should follow:
A Pepper Spray Demonstration
1. Get comfortable holding the pepper spray
One concern you may have is if the attacker will be able to take the canister away from you. The best way to eliminate this risk is to get comfortable holding the canister and to make sure you get a good firm grip.
Using your thumb instead of your index finger will allow you to wrap your four fingers and palm around the pepper spray forming a secure grip. Not to mention your hand will form a fist like position which you can also use to defend yourself if need be.
2. Know the Number of Shots remaining
You want to make sure you know how many shots of pepper spray are remaining in your canister. The last thing you want happening is your pepper spray running out when you need it the most.
3. Keep a safe and appropriate distance
Most pepper sprays can shoot up to 10 feet so be sure to know how much yours can spray up to. Keeping a good distance between you and the attacker will not only make you safer but will also give you the ability to get a more accurate aim.
4. Keep your arm slightly bent
Unless there is a safe distance between you and the attacker you should never reach out at an arm’s length when deploying pepper spray. Doing this increases the risk of the attacker knocking the canister out of your hand. Instead keep your arm slightly bent and use the spare arm to guard the other.
5. Make sure its accessible
Pepper spray won’t do you any good if it’s buried in your bag or if you leave it at home. Always make sure it’s in your hands when you are in a vulnerable situation such as a parking lot, an alley, or even when entering or exiting a building.
In order to maintain a low profile you can have the pepper spray in your pockets while keeping your hand on the canister in a ready to deploy position.
6. Know how to arm and disarm your device
A lot of pepper sprays will come with twist lock technology which allows you to switch the canister into safety mode so it doesn’t discharge accidentally. Only disarm the device once you know you’re in a safe place.
7. Aim for the eyes
In order to maximize the effects of pepper spray you want to aim at the attackers eyes which will temporarily shut their eyes and allow you to escape. If you are using a gel or stream spray pattern make sure to aim from ear to ear and if you miss go back in reverse and spray again. On the other hand, a cone or fogger spray pattern requires you to aim up and down while aiming towards the face, the eyes being the most important.
8. After you hit the target move to the side.
After you have hit the target and can see they’re in pain you want to move to the side and escape the area. If you move backwards the attacker will still know where your last position was and will most likely move forward. Moving to the side will confuse and disorient the attacker while giving you time to escape safely.
9. Practice beforehand
Our last tip is to make sure you get enough practice. The more familiar you are with how to hold, spray, and aim your defense spray the more effective it will be. So purchase a couple extra canisters and do some practicing in the backyard or outdoors.
In conclusion, you want to make sure you remain calm and keep your eyes on the threat when deploying pepper spray so you know that you’ve hit your target. Lastly, remember to always stay alert and be aware of your surroundings so you can prepare for any potential threats.
This information applies to Pepper Sprays and is qualitative rather than quantitative. There is no specific rule that applies but generally the more the container has in it the farther it will shoot. As a guideline consider the following in your purchase decision:
1/2 oz = 5 to 7 feet
2 oz = 9 to 10 feet
3 oz = 10 to 12 feet
4 oz = 12 to 15 feet
9 oz = 15 to 17 feet
You can use this as a general guide. MACE or Bear sprays may or my not follow the same guidelines stated above but in considering a purchase...the bigger the sized container the farther it will deliver.
The effects of pepper spray may vary from person to person, but will last between 15 and 45 minutes. Pepper spray typically has a range of about 10 feet, allowing the user to spray an attacker from a distance. Know the range of your individual pepper spray, as pepper spray products differ.
For more information visit: http://staysafedefense.com/sprays
My wife is a late night bartender. I am not on the payroll, but I make sure I am there from 9:00 until close to act as bouncer if the need arises ( The bar owners are too cheap to hire a real bouncer ). We have developed a two staged approach to deal with troublemakers. Her first line of defense is pepper spray. Since she has a bar separating her from the customers, we wanted something that could be used from a distance ....... therefore the use of a pepper spray.
I, on the other hand, work the customer side of the bar, and anticipate being toe to toe with the troublemakers. I therefore opted for a stun gun. My requirements for a stun gun were very simple ...... I demanded the biggest, meanest, most powerful gun that will drop a troublemaker as quickly as possible. After weeks of research, I came to several conclusions.
Primary Alkaline vs Rechargeable Batteries
The vast majority of stun guns on the market today are based on a 9 volt source of power. Most rely on a 9 volt battery, some utilize a 9 volt battery pack made up of multiple 3 volt cells. Let's compare the rechargeable vs the
Primary ( disposable ) alkaline equivalent. To minimize the size of this post, I will use only one brand for comparison purposes. However, the argument is the same for other brands. When we compare the Energizer 9 volt Alkaline to the Energizer 9 volt NiMH Rechargeable we observe the following :
1. The rechargeable has a full charge terminal voltage of only 7.2 volts compared to a full 9 volts for the alkaline.
Advantage to the alkaline.
2. The rechargeable has a full charge capacity of 150 to 175 mAH compared to 625 mAH for the alkaline.
A big advantage to the alkaline...... almost 4 to 1. For the same current draw, the alkaline will out last the
rechargeable 4 to 1.
3. The rechargeable has a full charge power capacity of 1.25 watt hours compared to 3.56 watt hours for alkaline.
Once again, advantage to the alkaline, this time 2 to 1. The alkaline delivers twice the power of the rechargeable.
4. The alkaline has a shelf life of years. The rechargeable has a self discharge rate of 1 to 1.5 % per day. After one month, the rechargeable will have lost 30 to 45% of its capacity. After 2 months it will have lost 60 to 90% of its capacity ....... essentially DEAD !!! I, for one, will not trust a self defense gun that could be dead in two months if I should be even the least bit forgetful.
5. A rechargeable stun gun is always more expensive than its non rechargeable counterpart. The rechargeable battery is more expensive than its non rechargeable counterpart. And, there is an added cost for the recharger.
6. Remember that there is an added failure rate associated with the recharger. If the recharger happens to be a standalone unit, you might be able to purchase a new one if it fails. If it's built into the stun gun, forget it. Throw it away and buy a new gun.
With all that said, any stun gun I consider will be powered by PRIMARY ALKALINE BATTERIES !!!!
Now the search became a lot tougher. Why was that ? The very simple reason is that none of the stun gun manufacturers publish meaningful specifications for their guns.
What does a meaningful specification look like ? Take a look at the Taser International website and select any of their products. From the product page, click on specifications. Now that's the type of information we would all like to see. Of major insight is the "power delivered into load" specification, expressed in terms of watts. The higher the "power delivered into load" value, the greater the take down power of the gun.
I have a theory as to why the stun gun manufacturers do not publish these values : The vast majority of stun guns, from the 50,000 volt entry level, to the 2,500,000 super zappers, are powered by a single 9 volt battery. Now there is only so much power a single 9 volt battery can deliver. Can anyone honestly believe a 2,500,000 volt stun gun with a single 9 volt battery has significantly more take down power than the 50,000 volt unit with a single 9 volt battery ? Without actual specifications,I suspect that all of these single 9 volt battery units have close to the same "power delivered into load" value. If that in fact is the case, then the only marketing hype they can throw at us is "My voltage is higher than your voltage". And strangely enough, that is what we are all seeing.
What then, is left to evaluate, when we attempt to determine the guns with the most take down power ?
Rightly or wrongly, I based my final considerations on the number of 9 volt batteries within the stun gun. And I strongly believe I am more on the side of right than I am on the side of wrong. Look at it this way : A gun with 2 batteries has twice the power capability than a gun with 1 battery. A gun with 3 batteries has three times the power capability than a gun with 1 battery. And so on .......
( Another reason I eliminated rechargeable stun guns as candidates for most take down power....... I was unable to find ANY model that provided more than a single 9 volt source. )
Applying selection criteria established above results in less than a hand full of stun guns with really big knock down potential :
Stun Master 775,000 volt model.
This is the King Kong of stun guns, with four 9 volt batteries delivering power into your assailant.
Stun Master 625,000 volt model.
Street Wise 1,000,000 volt model ( SW1000 ).
Both of these provide lotsa power potential with three 9 volt batteries.
Street Wise 700,000 volt model ( SW700 ).
King Cobra 900,000 volt Police Model.
Sabre 500,000 volt model.
Cheetah 1,000,000 volt model ( with 2 batteries ). Not to be confused with single or rechargeable battery.
All of these utilize two nine volt batteries.
TIER 1 and TIER 2 Stun guns will give you the maximum knock down capability. I added TIER 3 for those of you that might want a smaller gun than can be had with the top 2 tiers. The trade off at the TIER 3 level : You are giving up some knock down potential for the sake of smaller size. BUT ........ the TIER 3 models are still better than the run of the mill single battery models.
That's it folks. Hope it helps in making a decision.
Oh yeah ....... what did I end up finally buying ?
I went with the Street Wise SW1000. I did so for the simple fact that I was able to purchase a pair of the SW1000 for what a single Stun Master 775,000 would have cost me. Now I have one, and my wife has a back up behind the bar as well.
Difference between a stun gun and a taser
Some people think that a stun gun and taser is the same thing or they will refer to a stun gun as a taser. This simple mistake is HUGELY incorrect. It is important to note the difference as there are specific laws set forth that pertain to either stun guns or tasers. First we will start with what a stun gun is and then explain tasers. A stun gun is an electrical device that has probes or prongs attached to the device. When the stun gun safety is in place after depressing the button, you will see an electrical shock that arcs to connect the probes. Sometimes stun guns will also have more than 2 probes and they will have 4 or more. Generally 2 of the probes will have an arc of electricity between them and the other 2 probes you will not see the electrical arc but they will have electric current running through them, usually even the same amount of voltage as the 2 probes that have the electrical arc. The only reason the other probes will not show an electrical arc is because of the distance between them is larger. This greater distance would require more electrical current for an arc to be seen by your eye. Another important thing to note is that a stun gun will not shoot any electrical projectile when activated.
A taser is an electrical device that shoots an electrically charged projectile at the target. Depending on the model of taser you choose, there will be either 1 or several projectiles that shoot toward the target. You can think of a taser as a mini electrical spear gun. The tips of the projectiles look like a small spear so they can penetrate clothing. Even if the projectile does not make contact with the skin of the attacker, the electrical shock will still be functional within usually a 2 inch area on civilian stun guns and 2 inches+ on law enforcement issued tasers. The differences between civilian and law enforcement style tasers is that the law enforcement issued tasers will be more powerful, have more projectiles, have further range and also shoot at a higher rate of speed. However, as a civilian you cannot legally own the higher end taser models without the proper training. Some security officers/guards can also carry the higher end law enforcement models but they will need to pass a training class and will only be allowed to use the device when on the job. It is also important to note that some tasers also feature a stun gun just in case the attacker comes running at you as he’s been tasered.
So in short here are the differences:
Stun Gun – Has electrically charged probes that you must make contact with the attacker.
Taser – Shoots an electrically charged projectile(s) at the attacker within a specific range. Range is usually 15-30 feet at most.
Stun Gun Pros/Cons:Pros
Conclusion: As you can easily see, a taser has many more cons than a stun gun. This is why we are firm believers in stun guns rather than tasers. The only downside is that it’s hard to find a quality stun gun. When on the other hand, it’s almost impossible to find a low-quality taser. At the end of the day, we always recommend buying a stun gun over a taser for the obvious reasons. If money is not a problem for you, we recommend that you buy a stun gun and a taser and use them according to your situation. If you’re at home, a gun(not stun gun) is always the way to go. If you’re on the street or in a car, then a stun gun is just as useful as a taser. If you’re indoors, then a stun gun is more appropriate.
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