Johnson Testifies For TASER Ban - Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson Tuesday urged the county council to pass a bill prohibiting a private individual from using an electronic control device for personal protection. Johnson said the devices, best known under the brand name TASER, are too dangerous for individuals to use. Johnson said that the bill would expand the ban on individuals using stun guns. Johnson said the need for this bill is urgent, because next month, a new state law would allow anyone over 18, to possess one of these devices. Under the county ordinance, anyone other than a police officer who is caught using the devices, would face six months in jail, or a $1,000 fine. [LINK]
Johnson had better ensure his department's taser use policy is in accordance with his view of the possible risks. If he requires guidance, he should refer to the conclusions and recommendations of the Canadian Braidwood Inquiry.
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