Michigan State Rep. Rick Jones, no stranger to publicity, underwent a Tasering on Wednesday to convince fellow lawmakers that all state residents should be allowed to carry the shock devices for personal protection, reports the Detroit News. Jones stood and quivered for five seconds as two Eaton County deputies held him up while a Taser distributor zapped him with electrical current. Jones is a former Eaton County sheriff. Observers described his mild spasms as the “funky chicken.”
“I now have completed my training,” the lawmaker said with a smile as the demonstration ended. The committee held a hearing on a package of bills that would legalize Tasers for Michigan residents who have concealed weapons permits, under the same set of regulations. Michigan permits only law enforcement officers to carry Tasers, but 43 other states allow citizens to possess less-potent versions of the zappers.