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From: John Carragher10/30/2007 8:03:31 AM
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600 Taser Cams for Las Vegas Metro 08:02 pm kvbc.com.
Metro officers say they are seeing more and more violent attacks against them. One of the weapons officers have at their disposal to protect themselves and the public is the TASER®. Soon, many of them will be equipped with cameras.

But these weapons are not without controversy. News 3's Luis Cruz takes a closer look at these devices.

The TASER® is used to temporarily immobilize a suspect. But some critics say there have been instances across the country where the use of them have been linked to deaths. However, a recent study by Wake Forest University suggests the TASER® is safe, and Metro agrees.

"We maintain that it is a safe device and it has in fact saved lives and it has saved injuries and not just cops' lives but suspect injuries," insists Metro's TASER® coordinator, Marcus Martin.

Metro is in the process of updating their TASERS®. The department recently received a $240,000 grant that will allow them to buy about 600 cameras for the devices. Everything that an officer sees and hears will now be captured on small a camera attached to the TASER®. The camera automatically turns on once the safety is unlocked.

"It helps the officer, it helps the department and it also shows the citizens on the street that we're not trying to hide anything; this is actually what had happened," Metro's Andy Williams said.

Metro says it will use the video from the TASER® cams as evidence and to help in their investigations. The department says it's seen a 54 percent decrease in officer injuries since they started using the TASER®.

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From: d[-_-]b12/10/2007 11:07:39 AM
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Discovery review of new Taser shotgun load - very interesting.

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From: d[-_-]b12/13/2007 7:36:38 PM
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IEEE Spectrum Cover Features Series of Articles On TASER Devices
Thursday December 13, 7:30 am ET
December 2007 Issue of the Flagship Publication of the World's Largest Professional Technology Association Probes Issues in the Ongoing Debate Over the Safety of TASER Devices

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Dec. 13, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- TASER International, Inc. (NasdaqGS:TASR - News), a market leader in advanced electronic control devices, released the following News Alert:


The December 2007 issue of the IEEE Spectrum, the flagship publication of the world's largest professional technology association, features on its cover a series of articles probing some of the issues fueling the ongoing debate over the safety of TASER devices.

In ``How a Taser Works,'' author Sandra Upson provides important background information regarding the ongoing debate over the safety and appropriateness of TASER electronic control devices (ECDs). She introduces the other two articles as investigating the ``physiological effects of electric shock.''

In the article ``Crafting the Perfect Shock,'' Dr. Mark K. Kroll opens with, ``You know an engineering problem is difficult when the prevailing technology dates back to the Stone Age. Let's face it, the police officer's baton is barely more sophisticated than a cave dweller's club, and with it comes all the same crudeness.'' Dr. Kroll's article explains the scientific principles behind TASER devices and how they affect human physiology.

Dr. Patrick Tchou, in his article ``Finding the Edge of Heart Safety,'' discusses his investigations into whether shocks from a TASER device can cause serious damage to a heart's normal function.

According to Dr. Tchou, ``the most important question regarding the safety of Tasers is how likely it is that the use of one will induce ventricular fibrillation. Because the standard Taser output proved on average to be one-fourth what was needed to cause fibrillation, one is tempted to conclude that the device is fundamentally safe. But there's another factor to keep in mind: a large portion of the violent individuals with whom the police have to deal are under the influence of cocaine, methamphetamine, or other stimulants. So the Taser has to be safe even for those whose physiology is distorted by the presence of such powerful drugs. Cocaine in particular is a concern with respect to cardiac complications because it raises heart rate and blood pressure and significantly increases the risk of a heart attack even without any kind of shock.

``My colleagues and I supposed that the presence of such drugs would increase the potential for cardiac arrhythmias, and we later tested this hypothesis in a separate study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. To our surprise, the amount of current needed to bring on ventricular fibrillation didn't go down; indeed, it increased significantly when the pigs were administered cocaine. After some thought, we realized that our initially puzzling findings were not entirely out of line, because cocaine has certain anesthetic properties that can affect the electrical behavior of the heart in ways that protect it against shocks and decrease its vulnerability to fibrillation. Applying enough voltage to a heart cell will open its sodium-ion channels and start the contraction machinery, but cocaine stops up the voltage-activated sodium channels, making it more difficult for electricity to trigger a muscle contraction.''

According to Dr. Tchou, ``we were comforted to learn that stun guns do not normally pose any cardiac risk.''

The IEEE Spectrum notes that Mark W. Kroll is an IEEE senior member who holds more than 250 U.S. patents as an inventor of electrical medical devices. He sits on the board of TASER International. Patrick Tchou is a cardiologist who specializes in treating cardiac rhythm disturbances at the Cleveland Clinic, a leading research hospital in Ohio and America's top rated heart hospital for the past 12 years.

The complete articles are available at: spectrum.ieee.org

TASER International, Inc. disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy of the media reports that are the sole responsibility of the attributed media source.

For more information on protecting life with TASER technology, please visit: taser.com.

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From: stockman12341/11/2008 12:27:51 PM
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Picked up some TASR a few days ago. Any discussion happening ?

I think this is an easy 20 percent move from here.

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From: John Carragher1/26/2008 3:45:48 AM
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Taser Shares Rise After Upgrade
Friday January 25, 7:32 pm ET
Taser Rises After Analyst Upgrades on Value, Another Says Toronto Police Could Place Order

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of stun-gun maker Taser International Inc. climbed Friday after an analyst upgraded the stock, and another said the Toronto Police Service could place a large order for Taser products next year.
Shares of the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company closed up 78 cents, or 8 percent, to $10.48 Friday. The stock has ranged from $7.44 to $19.36 over the past year.

Feltl & Co. analyst Richard Ryan upgraded the stock to "Buy" from "Hold," noting a recent pullback in share price. At Thursday's close, the stock was down about half from its 52-week high of $19.36 set in October, and has lost almost a third of its value in 2008.

"This period of weakness could be related to a series of (strange) news releases primarily relating to old patent infringement issues from a couple of Taser competitors, combined with a rather direct response from Taser management," Ryan wrote in a client note. "During this same time, Taser enjoyed a successful PR campaign with its new consumer Taser at the Consumer Electronics Show."

Earlier this month, Stinger Systems Inc. said it asked the U.S. Patent Office to review a patent related to Taser's M26 stun gun.

The analyst said Taser's new products have increased its revenue dramatically, and items like its C2 personal protection device should lead to more growth.

Jefferies & Co. analyst Matthew McKay said in a client note that the Toronto Police Service is asking for funding to provide Taser stun guns for 3,000 officers. McKay said 500 Toronto policemen currently carry the devices, and a larger order could be worth more than $3 million in revenue to Taser, along with eventual orders for replacement cartridges.

If approved, he said, the order will probably be made next year.

McKay kept a "Buy" rating on the stock, with a price target of $20 per share.

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From: John Carragher2/11/2008 8:03:51 AM
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Taser Receives Order for 3,000 Guns
Monday February 11, 7:59 am ET
Taser Gets Order From Undisclosed Country for 3,000 Stun Guns for Law-Enforcement Officers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Taser International Inc., which makes stun guns, on Monday said it received an order for 3,000 Tasers from an undisclosed country.
The country will equip law-enforcement officers with the guns. The order is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2008.

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From: proadvisor2/15/2008 1:45:36 PM
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Check out Lamperd Less Lethal LLLI (BB). I believe this to be the most diverse product line in the "less lethal" space. Patents, proprietary technology, state-of-the-art research, and a ground floor opportunity to invest in a start-up company that has migrated from a research & development company to a production based self-funded going concern. The stock is @ .07 cents from a peak spike of over $4.50 in summer of 2005. I believe stock is conservatively valued @ .30 cents with no sales. They are poised to close several seven figure contracts which puts the stock @ .80 to $1.00 per share. Go to the website: www.lamperdlesslethal.com and see for yourself. Do your own due diligence. It is not my intention to pump but rather raise awareness and get this on the radar screen. Disclosure: I have a substantial position in this stock and will continue to accumulate to $1.00 per share. Good luck.

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From: d[-_-]b2/20/2008 7:03:04 PM
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Department of Justice Study Evaluates Electronic Control Device Technology; Report Obtained Through FOIA Request Supports Superiority of TASER Devices

Some of the key findings of the 93-page report are:

1. Lower level of incapacitation when exposed to the Stinger S-200

* "...the majority of people reported a much lower level of
incapacitation when hit with the Stinger S200 in comparison to
the TASER X26." (p. 6)
* "In all cases of TASER deployment, the subjects were immediately
incapacitated. However, the majority of people had little
reaction when hit with the Stinger S200 while this CED was
affixed to them via gator clips." (p. 24)

2. Safety Concerns

* "Further problems existed in that the Stinger cartridges would
also discharge little pieces of plastic and metal that could best
be described as `shrapnel.' This was noted numerous times in
testing as these items constantly stuck the research team."
(p. 37)
* "Should the user make contact with the cross-bolt switch while
the Stinger S-200 is discharging a cycle of current, the user
also receives a shock for the duration of the cycle." (p. 74)

3. TASER X26 is a more reliable device

* "A quantitative review of the weapon systems shows greater
reliability of the TASER X26 over its Stinger S200 counterpart."
(p. 6)
* Stinger S-200 "exhibited little constancy" (p. 35)
* "...the malfunction rate on the Stinger weapon, which was
measured, for the initial equipment, at 47.35%. Many times the
cartridge simply would not fire..." (p. 36)
* "Should the user make contact with the cross-bolt switch while
the Stinger S200 is discharging a cycle of current, the user also
receives a shock for the duration of the cycle." (p. 75)

4. TASER X26 is a more durable device

* "... a number of cartridges were dropped from a height of four
feet to determine their survivability. None of the TASER
cartridges broke during this test; however, fourteen out of the
twenty Stinger cartridges were damaged upon impact with a
carpeted floor." (p. 7)
* "Additionally, a number of Stinger cartridges were broken while
still in their shipping container. The blast doors fell off,
releasing the wire tether." (p. 68)

5. Stinger's Training Materials contained incorrect information

* "Some of the material was found to be outdated and incomplete,
and the instructor advised participants to ignore sections of the
handout material where discrepancies were noted." (p. 17)

6. Stinger S-200 probes flew erratically and frequently broke

* "In addition to the erratic spread of the (Stinger) probes, the
probes tended to fly in an untrue linear manner and did not
penetrate the target as they would often hit the target sideways.
Evidence of this was when the barbs bounced off the target and
flew back towards the researchers." (p. 36)
* "One concern with the Stinger weapon system was that the Stinger
S200 probes frequently broke free from their barbs in the
target." (p. 6)
* "As was the case with our initial volunteer tester, almost every
(Stinger) barb broke off in the plastic dummy target." (p. 36)
* "In this case, the barbs could not be removed by attendant EMS
staff and the subject had to be transported to the local hospital
for removal by a physician. Due to an ethical concern about doing
harm to the additional volunteer subjects involved in this
testing, subsequent testing with all other subjects involved the
use of alligator clips." (p. 22)
* "The Stinger probes frequently broke off in the target during
testing and their removal. During this testing, 52 Probes out of
159 Stinger cartridges broke off in the testing target (32.8%)."
(p. 66)

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From: John Carragher2/29/2008 10:46:19 AM
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COATESVILLE, Pa. - "Is this safe for teenagers?" Iesha Robles asked. The single mom of three was shopping for a stunning new accessory for her handbag -- a Taser.
"Every morning, I come out about 6:30, 7 o'clock, and sometimes it's dark. I am a single momand I get in and out of the car with kids," she said.

Robles works at a shop that sells Tasers and is part of a growing group of women buying them.

"I want something quick that I can pull out of my purse in case I need it," she said.

Traditionally, Taser stun guns have been a weapon police use.

But now the company that makes the device is targeting their new product line toward civilians, especially women like Robles.

With catchy colors like pink, blue and metallic, they're generating a lot of buzz.

"It's nice to know that there is something out there for women other than guns ... and the color, it grabs everyone's eye," Robles said.

TI's clear Taser is marking its latest product toward women. Its latest device is leopard skin.

"And you can do it form this far away?" asked NBC 10's Kristen Welker.

"Yes, zero to 15 feet," answered James Witmer, the marketing manager at Witmer Associates Inc. in Coatesville.

They sell police and fire gear and now Tasers, too. Witmer said the gadget, when used properly, can knock an attacker off his or her feet and give a victim a chance to escape.

"Enough attacks at malls or shopping centers. Women want to be safe, and they're concerned. And, actually, we're seeing husbands who are concerned about their wives as well, and they're coming in and buying them," Witmer said. "Actually, some of our best customers have been husbands buying the pink Tasers."

"Treat it as a lethal weapon," said Coatesville Police Chief William Matthews.

Matthews warned that Tasers can be more than destabilizing. He said they can be deadly for people with weak hearts and the very young.

"It can be devastating if a child gets a hold of it, shoots himself or herself, or someone else," Matthews said.

He pointed out that, unlike some guns, Tasers do not have the same type of childproof safety lock. Plus, he said if you Taser the wrong person or seriously injure someone, you could face assault charges.

His advice is to always keep your Taser out of the reach of children and to get educated.

"Organizations who train people for use of firearms in general have Taser training classes, as well," Matthews said.

But Robles said she feels more comfortable having a Taser in her house than a gun, and she said she will be careful not to let it get into the hands of her children.

She said she considers it a small addition that will give her a lot of relief.

"You'll just feel safer. If there's someone there, it's accessible in my purse. I can just grab it. It's easy to use," she said.

Tasers cost about $350 dollars. They are not legal everywhere. For example, you cannot use a Taser in Philadelphia. Check with your local law enforcement agency before purchasing one, Welker reported.

For more on the rules about using Tasers, click here.

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From: John Carragher5/14/2008 1:37:27 AM
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50,000V Tasers for every cop
By CLODAGH HARTLEY
Home Affairs Correspondent

Published: 12 May 2008


TASERS could soon be issued to ALL police officers — after a trial proved they deter violent criminals, the Home Office will announce today.

Figures show deployment of the 50,000-volt stun guns has soared 15 times and firing of them three times during the course of the tests by specially-trained units.

Only firearms officers normally have Tasers. But ten forces have successfully broadened their use in the 12-month trial which began last September.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said: "Taser is making a real difference on our streets, not only keeping the public safe but also protecting police officers.

"I am committed to giving our cops the weapons they need. If the trial shows Taser to be a valuable tool, I can envisage a day when they could be routinely issued to all police officers."

Use of the devices has resolved potentially fatal incidents.

And cops have found the Taser does not even need to be actually fired. Drawing and aiming can be enough to stop criminals in their tracks.

The results released this morning show that in the first six months of the trial, Tasers were deployed 252 times, 236 in the past three months. But they were only discharged 31 times — 25 in the past three months.

A Home Office source stressed that all officers involved had been fully trained and followed strict guidelines.

Forces in the trial are: Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Gwent, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, Metropolitan Police, Northamptonshire, Northumbria, North Wales and West Yorkshire.

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