Michigan residents licensed to carry pistols would also be permitted to carry stun guns under legislation being considered by a committee in the state House of Representatives.
Senate Bill 29 would make it legal for anyone with a concealed pistol license (CPL) to carry a stun gun.
“You could use it when you could use a gun, and you must have all the training that goes into a concealed pistol license,” State Sen. Rick Jones told USA Today. “I think it’s just common sense that someone would rather use electricity than a gun when they can.”
Stun guns, also called tasers, shoot prongs carrying an electrical charge to temporarily incapacitate the person they strike, have been blamed in lawsuits for some deaths, but proponents insist they are far less dangerous than handguns, according to the USA Today report.
An analysis of the bill found that Michigan’s proposed legislation includes protections against abuse of the devices that is stronger than any of the other states currently allowing their use.
Michigan would become the 44th state allowing citizens to carry stun guns.
Jones, a former sheriff, famously allowed himself to be Tasered during a committee hearing to demonstrate that the devices are safe.
The legislation passed the state Senate earlier this year and referred to the state House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee, which has yet to consider it.