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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 1, 2020 11:36 AM
From: Representative Matthew D. Dowling
To: All House members
Subject: Electronic Incapacitation Devices for Self-Defense former HB 1805
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation which would amend Title 18 Section 908.1 b further providing protection for individuals using electric or electronic incapacitation devices (Tasers) for self-defense.

Title 18 Section 908.1 b pertains to the use or possession of electric or electronic incapacitation devices.

Under current law, it is required for the electric or electronic incapacitation device to be labeled with or accompanied by clearly written instructions as to its use and the damages involved in its use. If the device itself is not labeled with, or accompanied by, these items it can be a criminal offense to possess the incapacitation device.

Amending this Section would allow people to own the incapacitation device if the label has been worn off, removed or not on the device without fear of legal ramifications. The owner would still need to be a law-abiding citizen to be able to legally own the device.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation to better serve our Commonwealth residents.

Introduced as HB1340