State Lawmakers Push To Legalize Tasers

LANSING (WWJ) – Some state lawmakers will be considering legislation to loosen restrictions on tasers… for the sake of public safety.

The House Judiciary Committee this week is expected to approve legislation to legalize concealed tasers to help fight crime. WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick, who spoke with the bill’s sponsor in the Senate, asked whether this effort can really deter crime.

“I hope so,” was the response of Senator Goeff Hansen.

“It certainly deterred crime when we put the CPL license in place years ago. They said it was going to be the wild west and what happened was crime went down because they didn’t know that if somebody was going to be carrying a pistol. Now we’re going to give that same option for tasers,” says Hansen.

Hansen says, “We’re allowing people that have concealed pistol license to carry deadly force, they’re able to carry a pistol. We’re giving an option for less than deadly force, something that study after study has shown is not deadly.”

Senator Hansen hopes to get his bill out of a House committee later this week.


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