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You Can Now Buy a Taser, Legally, in Downtown Rochester

The law that legalized the sale of Tasers went into effect Monday, and the Rochester-area is a hub for Taser sales and training.

On Monday morning, Tasers became legal to buy and use by those with a concealed pistol license in Michigan. 

And of the 10 authorized Taser dealers in southeast Michigan, three are located in Rochester. 

A Taser, also known as a stun gun, is a weapon that uses electro-muscular disruption technology to "shock" a person.

Under Michigan law, police officers can already use a Taser as a weapon. This spring, lawmakers made Tasers legal for licensed citizens to use in self-defense. 

Under the law:

  • You must have a CPL (concealed pistol license) to buy a Taser. The seller must verify the license.
  • You must take training to use the Taser. 
  • You must not use the device except "under circumstances that would justify" the lawful use of force. 

In other words, Tasers aren't toys — they are to be used in self-defense.

The law specfically legalizes the sale and use of the Taser C2, made by Taser International. It's described as a stun gun with a replaceable cartridge unit that fires two small probes connected to 15-foot wires.

The Taser C2 weighs 5.36 ounces and is said to "disable even the most aggressive subjects."

At , one of the three authorized dealers in downtown Rochester, it's $399.99

Kevin Poole is the manager at Spy Shops. He said the legislation was created with many checks and balances — the training and the background check, for example. Also, when you buy at Taser, you won't receive a code to activate it until you complete the necessary steps, he said. In addition, when the Taser is used, it shoots off small tags with the Taser's serial number on it so the shooter can be tracked.

"They're very specific about this," said Poole, who has been busy stocking his shop with the Tasers. 

Poole said the safety features of a Taser make it something that may be an attractive purchase to area residents.

"We've had calls from people who are interested — they would rather carry a Taser than a handgun," he said. "Tasers are non-lethal, so that makes people more comfortable."

Other authorized Taser dealers in Rochester are and Personal Protection Equipment. in Shelby Township also sells the Taser.

Here's a complete list of authorized taser dealers.

According to a report on MLive, Michigan now joins 44 other states that allow civilians to carry the electroshock guns. 

"People with CPL licenses have proven that they respect the law and the responsibility that comes with the permission to carry weapons," said Rep. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, the lawmaker who sponsored the bill. 

"Adding a non-lethal option to the ways people can protect themselves is a step in the right direction for Michigan."

Dealers who violate the law are guilty of a misdemeanor and could serve up to 30 days in jail or a fine of up to $500. Individuals convicted of using a Taser for anything other than self-defense would be guilty of a misdemeanor and would face up to two years in prison and a fine of $2,000.

Al Trudeau August 06, 2012 at 04:18 PM
i don't carry or own a weapon myself, and I do believe in gun control. Having said that, I also believe that a person has a right to defend himself and so long as everything is done legally and with proper constraints I have no objections to people carrying concealed weapons including tasers. In fact, because it is generally non-lethal, I would prefer the taser. That's my opinion.
Kristin Bull (Editor) August 06, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Thanks for sharing your opinion, Al!
Frank D. August 07, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I wonder what it will do....Since tasers were released to our LEO's, didn't we noticed an increase or over usage of this weapon. The fact that it is non lethal might reduce the level of restraint one needs to demonstrate whilst carrying this weapon.. There is also the other dilemma that once your life is threatened, you like to eliminate that thread..The latter might become a challenge with a non lethal taser.. Don't know the answer...but it is for sure a toppic I will follow very closely..
Robert Gauthier August 07, 2012 at 04:37 AM
I think this is a positive move. I dont think it will lead to restraint issues. The penalties for drawing your weapon in non life threatening situations is enough to deter 99% from doing so. I know as a CPL holder my own awareness is up while carrying to make sure the weapon is secure at all times. The only time to draw down is if you feel your life is in jeapordy or your family. Other than that and your going to jail. Same rule should apply here.
just sayin August 07, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Sorry, I can't wait till the first one shows up at school!

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