Rush Introduces TASERS Act to Direct Federal Government to Study Efficacy of Tasers and Firearms

Oct 18, 2019
Press Release

WASHINTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) recently introduced legislation to direct the federal government to study the safety and efficacy of tasers and firearms.

The “TASER Access, Safety, and Effectiveness Review and Study Act,” or, the “TASERS Act,” directs the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in consultation with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health to conduct a study on the safety and efficacy of tasers and firearms.

This study of firearms and tasers shall determine:

  • the number of successful self-defense attempts with each type of weapon;
  • the number of accidental discharges or misfires with each type of weapon;
  • the types of injuries sustained, and their severity with each type of weapon; and
  • the long-term health implications of being shot by a firearm or electrocuted by a taser.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is required to submit to Congress a written report on their findings no later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, containing the results of the study and any conclusions and/or recommendations.