Provided by: U.S. General Accounting Office
Date Added: May 2005
Emerging domestic and international threats have generated a growing interest in the use of less-than-lethal weapons by government and law enforcement agencies and other entities such as commercial airlines. One such weapon - the Taser - is a hand-held weapon that delivers an electric shock via two stainless steel barbs, effectively incapacitating an individual. The paper provides information on the policies and procedures related to the issues of "use-of-force," training, operations, and safety for selected law enforcement agencies that have purchased and used Tasers and federal, state, and local laws that specifically address Tasers, including the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) authority to regulate Tasers on aircraft.