April 21, 2005
Arizona Governor Signs Remote Stun Gun Bill
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - TASER International, Inc. (Nasdaq: TASR), a market leader in advanced non-lethal devices applauds the signing of Arizona H.B. 2713 by Governor Janet Napolitano, regulating remote stun devices including TASER(TM) brand devices.
The new law will add the use of a stun gun during the commission of an offense to the list of aggravating factors for sentencing purposes, while expanding the definition of aggravated assault to include taking or attempting to exercise control over a peace officer's firearm, other weapon or implement and makes it unlawful to sell an authorized remote stun gun without keeping an accurate sales record as to the identity of the purchaser.
House Speaker Jim Weiers, sponsor of the bill, said, "Police officers and law- abiding Arizonans can now be assured they will be able to use a TASER system or similar device in self-defense without fear of prosecution."
"We are very pleased that Arizona took the initiative to pass Speaker Weiers' bill to permit citizen's responsible use of TASER technology and provide increased penalties should our products be misused," said Tom Smith, President of TASER International. "As we have stated in the past, we support thoughtful legislation that keeps the public and law enforcement safe while allowing citizens the right to defend themselves with our life-saving technology."
"This legislation requires a tracking and identification system that, on deployment of the remote electrodes, must disperse coded material that is traceable to the purchaser through records that are kept by the manufacturer on all remote stun guns and all individual cartridges sold. We have invested the support to pioneer our unique tracing system and we hope to see other states adopt similar responsible measures. For the past decade, we have made registration, verification and tracking our priority, and now it is law," concluded Mr. Smith.
About TASER International, Inc.
TASER International, Inc. provides advanced non-lethal devices for use in the law enforcement, military, private security and personal defense markets. TASER devices use proprietary technology to safely incapacitate dangerous, combative or high-risk subjects who pose a risk to law enforcement officers, innocent citizens or themselves. TASER technology saves lives every day, and the use of TASER devices dramatically reduces injury rates for police officers and suspects and reduces litigation costs. For more information on TASER life-saving technology, please call TASER International at (800) 978-2737 or visit our website at www.TASER.com