TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ:TASR)

CAPS Rating: 3 out of 5

The Company is engaged in the development and manufacture of advanced electronic control devices designed for use in law enforcement, corrections, private security and personal defense.

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Player Avatar Tomzombie (< 20) Submitted: 3/17/2011 6:11:28 PM : Underperform Start Price: $3.80 TASR Score: -142.05

I'm a Police Officer. I can tell you first hand from my agency and others. We don't tase people as often as most think. There is simply too much paperwork for something you can do with hands on, where paperwork is minimal or none. This is important because less usage means less buying of replacement tasers and cartridges. It was a neat thing years ago, but an hour's worth of paperwork just does not justify the use.

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Member Avatar spainDC (< 20) Submitted: 3/17/2011 6:42:18 PM
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thanks for the field's backup! and keep up the good work! that is until you can retire as a rich investor ;-)

Member Avatar Moxieholic (< 20) Submitted: 4/22/2011 10:46:02 AM
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In your professional opinion, do the arguments for using a Taser in lieu of deadly force not hold up? It seems like actually killing someone would result in more paperwork. I'm sure there are situations where it's used in lieu of physical engagement and shouldn't be, but are there situations where deadly force might not be justified, but scuffling with a suspect is too challenging? My understanding (as a disappointed Taser investor) is that, when properly used, it feels a need in that gray area...

Member Avatar IT5123 (< 20) Submitted: 8/25/2011 12:24:27 PM
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Moxie -

The use of an ECD (Taser) will never replace a firearm. Unless we have some new whiz-bang Star Trek type phaser.

Taser has it's uses as a less-lethal weapon. One officer will usually cover with lethal means (firearm) and another with a Taser. Should the Taser be deployed and fail or is ineffective, the lethal option is still available. Of course 100% of the time it's always better to utilize a less-lethal option. Paperwork is something of a secondary concern to the life-long emotional trauma of having to take a life.

Use of the Taser is up to individual state law and departmental policy. As to "scuffling" with a suspect. If you had the option of either going hands on (physically engaging) a suspect and potentially getting injured - or immobilizing them and gaining compliance from 21+ feet, what would you choose?

TASR stock, in my opinion - reflected in my CAPS rating - is based on my experience as a current Taser shareholder, and a user of it's products, namely the X26. Until something truly new and revolutionary comes out, they're going to be dead in the water so to speak. They continue to sell products, the X26, the XREP, and X3. They also make money on maintenance and Taser cartridges for the devices. However with budget crunches, and the fact that so many agencies already deploy the X26 in great numbers....I don't see large purchases in the future.

Just my .02

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