Stun Guns for Civilians

Taser International, which has sold the high voltage guns to officers for years, is now aiming to sell them to the general public.

Francella Wilson says with kids in the house she wouldn't dare bring a gun into the fold, but a taser, maybe.

Francella says, "If I had to buy either one, I wouldn't buy a gun, no. I think I would buy the taser."

Tom Smith, President of Taser International, says, "There's a lot of people out there these days that are concerned for their safety and wellbeing, and this is just providing them with another tool to defend themselves and make themselves more confident."

Taser International, which has sold the high voltage weapons to officers for years, has just begun an ad campaign in Miami targeting homeowners instead, prodding them to spend $400 to a thousand bucks on the latest in personal protection.

Rob Carducci calls it "crazy."

Rob says, "I just think people would tend to think it's not that dangerous so they would probably use it more often than not and it could still hurt someone pretty bad."

Police officers say if citizens can buy guns with few or no strings attached, being able to buy a taser over the counter shouldn't come as a shock either.

OFC John Newland, Tallahassee police spokesman, says, "Our perspective is we do hope that the people who go out and buy these things, that they are knowledgeable of the product and that they will get some sort of training from somewhere."

We checked with Kevin's Sporting Goods and WAL-MART, perhaps Tallahassee's biggest gun sellers, and neither has any tasers for sale or any plans to sell them.

While tasers are banned in seven states and the District of Columbia, there are no restrictions on their sale in Florida.


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