FAQ TASER

 Is it legal to carry a TASER?  Yes. It is legal in the United States except in Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Additional cities, counties, and countries might have other restrictions on the use or possession of the TASER C2 device so check all applicable laws and regulations carefully. Federal law prohibits carrying or shipping TASER devices out of the U.S.

Do I have to register my Taser?  Yes. Your TASER is inactive at the time of purchase. You need to register it with TASER International, either online or by phone, and pass a felony background check before receiving the activation code. Some states and cities might have additional requirements so check your local laws carefully.
 
Are TASER electronic control devices considered firearms?  No. TASER devices are not classified as firearms by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATF) because TASER cartridges use compressed, inert nitrogen gas to launch the probes instead of gun powder.
 

DOES TEMPERATURE HAVE A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON THE ADVANCED TASER?  No. The ADVANCED TASER utilizes compressed nitrogen (an inert gas). The ADVANCED TASER compressed air capsules have successfully held their charges at temperatures of minus 20º F and up to 160º F. Moreover, altitude will not adversely effect the firing of an ADVANCED TASER. In addition, the temperature will not effect the T-Wave. However, as with any product containing polycarbonates and other thermoplastics, the ADVANCED TASER and Air Cartridges should never be left in direct sunlight.

 
What does it feel like to be shot with a TASER ECD?  Different people have different reactions, but its definitely uncomfortable. Some people compare it to touching a live electrical outlet except that its not localized to the point of contact; it has more of a full body effect where muscular control is limited for the duration of the charge cycle. We describe it as muscle lock up because you are generally unable to move. The NMI effect is not about pain compliance but incapacitation in order to keep someone down and away from you. That said, it is generally mildly to moderately painful.
 
What does it feel like to shoot a TASER?  There really is no effect because unlike with firearms, there is no recoil or kick when you shoot your Taser.
 
Does it cause permanent damage or injury?  Think of the NMI effect as a light switch its either completely on or completely off. During the 30-second cycle, the sensory and motor function signals are confused, which inhibits muscular control and causes incapacitation. Once the charge cycle ends, sensory and motor functions resume normally and allow signals to be transmitted to the muscles - the NMI effect is off.
TASER ECD’s are not risk-free, however, as injuries can result from falls, drug/alcohol-related complications, or other external circumstances. 
 
Will it fire accidentally?   The Taser was designed to balance accessibility with safety. You need to be able to reach and fire it quickly if necessary but also feel confident that it won’t be accidentally discharged. For this reason, the push button trigger is located beneath a safety cover that must be slid all the way open before the Taser can be fired.
 
Is it safe to have around children?  The Taser is a self-defense device, and like other options, should be kept out of reach of children at all times. It is equipped with a safety cover that hides the push-button trigger, and the device cannot be fired until the safety is slid all the way back. Lastly TASER ECD’s use medically tested, field-proven technology that when adopted by law enforcement agencies, has significantly reduced injury and fatality rates of suspects, police officers, and innocent citizens. TASER ECD’s are designed to save lives by resolving dangerous situations without escalating to lethal means.
 
Can I bring a TASER device with me on a plane?  No. TASER devices are not permitted in carry-on luggage for domestic U.S. flights. They can be packed in checked baggage if you are traveling to a state that allows possession, however. Federal law prohibits carrying or shipping TASER devices out of the U.S. so international flight restrictions apply.
 
Is the TASER device the same model used by law enforcement?  The TASER C2 uses the same exact technology and offers the same stopping power as the police version. The only difference is the cycle time - TASER C2 relays the charge for 30 seconds compared to 5 seconds with the police version. This is so you can keep your attacker down and get yourself to safety. TASER C2 is also designed to fit your lifestyle - lightweight, compact, and easy to carry.
 
Do I need special training to use it?   As with any self-defense option, its a good idea to understand how it works and how to operate it safely and effectively. Each Taser comes with a training DVD that includes instruction on operating your Taser how to enter the activation code, how to open the safety cover, how to aim, where to aim, how to fire, and what to do in the event of an emergency. This covers everything you need to know about your Taser, but other training resources might be available in your local area if you need them. Its also beneficial to practice shooting the Taser in order to get comfortable with it. Extra cartridges and practice targets are available for purchase.
 
How old do I have to be to buy a TASER?  You must be 18 years old or over in order to buy a Taser.
 
How much does it weigh? How big is it?  A Taser only weighs about seven ounces and measures about 6 inches long.
 
What if I miss my target?  In the event that you shoot and miss, you can use the Taser C2 as a direct contact stun device.
 
How many times can I use a TASER cartridge?  Each cartridge fires once so its a good idea to keep extra cartridges on hand.
 
How long does the battery last?  The Lithium Power Magazine can supply over fifty 30-second applications. As with all power sources, environmental conditions, such as extreme heat or cold, can impact battery life differently.
 
Is the battery rechargeable? Can I replace it with regular batteries?  No. The Lithium Power Magazine (LPM) is designed specifically for the Taser C2 and is not rechargeable. Replacement LPM’s are available for purchase. The C2 will not accept or operate on other battery types.  X26C operates with a digital magazine and M26C Taser operates with batteries. 
 
Do I have to carry it in a holster or special case?  No. How you carry your Taser is entirely up to you. It can be carried safely and discreetly in a pocket, handbag, brief case, holster, or just about anywhere. What is important is that you are comfortable carrying it and that its readily accessible should you need it.
 
Why do I have to pass a felony background check in order to activate my Taser?  We at TASER International live and work to Protect Life. One of the ways we do live is by doing all we can to keep our life-saving devices out of the hands of criminals. We will not activate any TASER ECD without a clear felony background check. Its the right thing to do because it protects all of us.
 
What happens if I have to use my Taser to defend myself and it is lost as a result?  TASER C2 has a Lifetime Replacement Guarantee.* If you ever have to use your C2 to defend yourself and must leave it behind, TASER International will replace it free of charge once you’ve sent us a police report of the incident. No question - your life is worth more to us than the cost of a C2!
 
*Applies only to incidents that occur within the U.S*.
 

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