Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson says that
Tasers are too dangerous for private citizens. I think this is a terrible idea, not because Tasers are useful for private citizens, but because they are useful for the police.
The reason they are useful for the police is because they are an effective low level of force. If you make the case that they are too dangerous for regular people to use then doesn’t that make them a higher level of force? I can see the defense attorney already:
“…the police then used a weapon on my client that is so dangerous, private citizens aren’t even allowed to possess it…”