TASER International Begins Shipments of Highly Anticipated TASER C2 Personal Protector
New consumer product combines fashion, personal safety with new CheckLok background check to provide accountability
SCOTTSDALE, AZ,—TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ: TASR), a market leader in advanced electronic control devices today announced the first shipment of the TASER® C2, an affordable, futuristic palm-sized device designed for consumer self protection. The TASER C2 debuts as the first device to incorporate a revolutionary new public safety background check technology called CheckLok(tm).
The TASER C2 retails for a base price of $299.99. It is shipping now and will be available in the next few weeks at several retailers including Academy Sports + Outdoors (www.academy.com); Cabela's Incorporated (NYSE: CAB) (www.cabelas.com); and Gander Mountain Company (NASDAQ: GMTN) (www.gandermountain.com).
"We designed the TASER C2 with the consumer in mind from the ground up by listening to our customers," said Kathy Hanrahan, president and chief operating officer of TASER International. "Although we have sold over 136,000 TASER systems to consumers since 1994, our focus since 1998 has primarily been in the law enforcement arena. However, over the past year our engineers were able to make tremendous technological advances to reduce the size, modernize the look and provide our TASER cutting edge technology for consumer self defense at an affordable price."
"With CheckLok, TASER C2 units are shipped in an inactive state. They cannot be used until the purchaser successfully completes a background check from the privacy of their own home or office using a secure web site or a toll-free number. After passing the background check, the purchaser is issued an activation code unique to their serial number. The TASER C2 will work only after entering the activation code," Hanrahan continued.
"We salute the progressive retail leaders who have joined us in launching this product," Hanrahan concluded.
The TASER C2 unit features the following capabilities:
•Up to a 15-foot range from the device conducting energy that temporarily incapacitates an attacker by overriding sensory and motor functions
•CheckLok public safety background check technology guaranteeing that the device cannot be used until the purchaser successfully completes a comprehensive background check
•A unique anti-felon identification (AFID) technology, which disperses 20-30 serialized pieces of confetti whenever a TASER Cartridge is deployed to help prevent and track potential misuse
•A light, sleek, hand-held design that can fit in a pocket or a purse
•Available in four designer colors: Black Pearl, Titanium Silver, Electric Blue, and Metallic Pink
•A safety cover and trigger design that users can easily operate with their thumb
In addition to the TASER C2 device, the package includes a disposable TASER cartridge, owner's manual and training DVD video. To purchase a TASER C2, visit one of the leading retailers listed above, or to learn more visit www.iTASER.com.
About TASER International, Inc.
TASER International provides advanced electronic control devices for use in the law enforcement, military, private security and personal defense markets. TASER® devices use proprietary technology to incapacitate dangerous, combative or high-risk subjects who pose a risk to law enforcement officers, innocent citizens or themselves in a manner that is generally recognized as a safer alternative to other uses of force. TASER technology saves lives every day, and the use of TASER devices dramatically reduces injury rates for police officers and suspects. For more information on TASER life-saving technology, please call TASER International at (800) 978-2737 or visit our website at www.TASER.com.
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