Tacoma removes Taser ban after urging from 2nd Amendment group
By Chris Eger
Mount Rainier over Tacoma, one of the last cities to drop their bans on Tasers and stun guns. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
In a unanimous vote by Tacoma’s city council and mayor this week, Washington’s third largest city approved language for a new ordinance lifting a decade-old ban on electronic weapons.
The adopted measure, Ordinance 28433, repeals the ban on “any electric or other conductive energy device” but keeps blackjacks, sandclubs, slungshot, metal knuckles, switchblades, martial arts weapons and bail flails on the list of unlawful weapons.
“We are one of only a handful of cities left in the United States that actually has this in their code,” Bill Fosbre, Tacoma’s City Attorney, told the City Council prior to the vote on the measure. “We reviewed the case law, we looked at our own state constitution, and made the determination that, as written in our code, it would not sustain a challenge.”
The city adopted the ban on electronic weapons in 2006. The law established that, with exceptions for devices used by law enforcement, possession of an electronic weapon in the city could result in a $5,000 fine, or one year in jail, or both.
The vote follows the Firearms Policy Coalition pressing the city to