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Old April 23rd, 2021, 08:16 AM #1
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Since when did Tasers require a background check?

Anyone know when purchasing a taser requires a background check??

I went to go buy one online and all of the sites (it's been years) now indicate that Maryland requires a "background" check.

I'm confused. It's not considered a firearm, what the heck is this background check?

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Anyone know when purchasing a taser requires a background check??

I went to go buy one online and all of the sites (it's been years) now indicate that Maryland requires a "background" check.

I'm confused. It's not considered a firearm, what the heck is this background check?

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Background for Tasers

When Baltimore City passed an ordinance to "legalize" Tasers/Stun Guns; the City Council added the requirement that sales in Baltimore City required a "Background Check". NICS, Maryland State Police, and Baltimore City Police have all declined to do background checks for Tasers.
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I thought Taser (the genuine company) conducted the background check before they shipped your device?
At one time I thought they conducted a check on all purchasers, maybe that was before the corporation changed hands?
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And just exactly how would they deny a person the right to purchase one when it taser is not defined as a firearm? Person may be prohibited from owning a firearm but there are no such regulations that would prohibit someone from owning a taser under any circumstances or did they contrive some clause in the law that says if you're prohibited from owning a gun you're also prohibited from owning a taser?
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And just exactly how would they deny a person the right to purchase one when it taser is not defined as a firearm? Person may be prohibited from owning a firearm but there are no such regulations that would prohibit someone from owning a taser under any circumstances or did they contrive some clause in the law that says if you're prohibited from owning a gun you're also prohibited from owning a taser?
Taser, at the time, would not activate their product if you did not submit to their background check, such as if you purchased it at a retail store of some sort. The product was also traceable to you by the cartridges having confetti printed with serial numbers, so when discharged, the purchaser could be located.
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Taser, at the time, would not activate their product if you did not submit to their background check, such as if you purchased it at a retail store of some sort. The product was also traceable to you by the cartridges having confetti printed with serial numbers, so when discharged, the purchaser could be located.
*****I was going to write something similar. Dunno about now, but the confetti thing was something I remember seeing on older models. I'm not sure if that is still done but I was aware of the background check being a requirement for activation, at least for civilian use...

The Taser has many limitations, but has its uses for sure. I've seen videos of big, enraged people basically shrugging off a Taser - it staggers them a bit but then they just get up like in a horror movie and keep coming. The Taser *could* be made more powerful so it would drop almost everyone if properly deployed, but unfortunately it would also then be lethal to some people and perhaps cause significant injury to others, etc.. Taser had to make a product that was generally recognized as safe when properly deployed to a pretty wide swath of people.

You put enough juice into someone, they *will* go down or basically just go BBQ and kinda vaporize, or parts of them will.. I think most of South America has DC power (versus AC like here) coming out of common consumer outlets and it was not that uncommon for people to try and cheat the power company and run their own line before the meter, or just somehow basically try and steal power from the power company. Sometimes things didn't go quite as planned and the person doing the wiring messed up something and electrocuted themselves and it left a really really ugly corpse, with parts basically burnt off. I think DC power can cause one to "stick" to a short versus AC power where perhaps one might get jolted away from the source and mebbe not just outright die.

I know we have a couple of Linemen here on MDS and they can mebbe explain what happens when enough juice goes through the human body, or other animal.. I saw a really odd sign, over some kind of transformer in Argentina that was written in Spanish that basically said "High Voltage, Danger, You WILL die and it will hurt the entire time you are dying", or something like that. I guess people were trying to pirate off power and made some fatal mistakes..

I don't ever want to be Tased and have been fanatically practicing my "Don't Tase me Bro!!" line for some time now. Oh, and I also don't break the law so that there wouldn't be any reason to Tase me anyway.. So, there's that...
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So, basically, the answer is to buy a Taser in PA or VA and drive home.

Such nonsense....
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So, basically, the answer is to buy a Taser in PA or VA and drive home.

Such nonsense....
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