This class covers the use of the TASER® Bolt (formerly known as the model C2) for civilian self defense. Not every defensive problem warrants a lethal force response and the TASER is an excellent option for people who want a non-lethal* option available or for those who live in areas where firearm concealed carry permits aren’t generally available.
One of the benefits of TASERs is that the company will replace your unit for the cost of shipping if you lose it in a self defense encounter, making it a relatively affordable choice. Another is that while being tased is painful, it typically causes almost no actual injury—about as much as getting two fishhooks stuck in your finger.
Self defense topics (with thanks to Rory Miller)
The legal and ethical aspects of force
Violence and crime dynamics
Avoidance and de-escalation
Breaking the freeze
The fight itself
The medical, legal and emotional aftermath
What the TASER is and does
What it isn’t and doesn’t do
Parts, operation, and maintenance
You will NOT get tased in this class! While law enforcement and some security officer training requires students to be on the receiving end of a TASER, civilian courses do not require or allow this.
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Reference materials from TASER International (all PDFs, links provided for informational purposes only—these do not constitute legal advice):
State Statute Quick Summary Chart
State Statute Chart
TASER Device Liability & Litigation Risk
* TASER International uses the term “non-lethal” as defined by the United States Department of Defense – which does not mean the weapon cannot cause death, but that it is not intended to be fatal, and in most cases is not. Non-lethal weapons are defined as “weapons that are explicitly designed and primarily employed so as to incapacitate personnel or material, while minimizing fatalities, permanent injury to personnel, and undesired damage to property and the environment.”
TASER® is a registered trademark of TASER International, Inc., registered in the U.S. All rights reserved.