Nevada needs a law to limit the possession and use of traditional stun guns and Tasers by the public, representatives of the Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs Association told a legislative committee. The officers were in Carson City to support an Assembly bill that would make it illegal to possess one of the electric devices or use one for anything but self-defense.
The bill also would make it illegal for an ex-felon or a person who has been declared mentally incompetent to possess a stun gun or Taser, which can cost from $400 to $1,000. The bill covers any kind of electric device designed to stun. Assemblyman John Carpenter, R-Elko, expressed concern that ranchers who use cattle prods could be found guilty of the felony under this bill. “I have never seen a cattle prod injure anybody,” said Carpenter.