We hear in the news nearly every week how the police have either misused a Taser on somebody or killed somebody with one. Read: Tasers: Safety measure or Electronic attitude adjustment?
There is a bill in the Missouri Senate which –at first glance–I wondered if it might address this problem. But it does not. Sen. Yvonne Wilson is sponsoring Senate Bill 813, which would make ownership, possession or discharge of a taser a felony.
This prohibition would not apply, however, to police and a handful of other persons in legal/security related professions.
For some reason, I don’t feel any better now.
And now this ironic note from our Straining at Gnats and Swallowing Camels Dept
- In Missouri, you can carry a firearm openly. You can carry it concealed, if you get a permit. You can carry it at home or concealed in your car even without a permit.
- Now with a knife, you can own and carry one, but not concealed. You can’t get a permit.
- Finally–if this bill passes–you cannot even own a Taser, let alone use it, even to protect against an intruder in your own home..