Non-Lethal Self Defense: Taser Gun
There are many times when people need a form of self defense. Law enforcement, especially police officers, have a real use for an electroshock weapon called a taser gun. They’re non-lethal weapons that us an electrical current to subdue a person who is dangerous and a threat to harm another. The electrical current disrupts voluntary control of muscles causing neuromuscular incapacitation. They are an especially useful tool when you need to keep space for safety. Pepper spray, batons, or hand-to-hand combat require a smaller distance and can be too close for comfort.
Taser guns fire two dart-like electrodes that are pointed and barbed so they can penetrate heavy clothing and be difficult to remove. The darts are expelled by a compressed nitrogen cartridge and stay connected to the person until they are removed. These cartridges are replaced in the taser gun after each use.
Some taser models have another capability called “drive stun.” This is when the taser gun is held against the person without firing the electrodes. Drive stun is not meant for muscle incapacitation; rather it’s used mainly for pain compliance. It can be used without the air cartridge in place or after an air cartridge has been deployed. Pain is felt specifically at the point of contact but does not have a significant effect on the central nervous system. Drive stun can be helpful but some studies have shown that repeated use can enrage the target causing a more hostile situation.
Throughout the world, taser guns have a varied view for legality. In the US, self defense taser guns are not considered firearms by the government and can be legally carried, concealed or open, without a permit in 43 states including Texas. In some states they are legal with restrictions.