Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 052850
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File Number: 052850 File Type: Ordinance Status: In Draft
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte
File Name: TASER ORDINANCE Introduced: 10/5/2005
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: Agenda Item Number: 7
Notes: Title: ORDINANCE PERTAINING TO CHAPTER 21 OF THE CODE OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA ENTITLED ''OFFENSES AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS'' AND ARTICLE III ENTITLED ''WEAPONS''; CREATING DIVISION 3 ''ELECTRONIC CONTROL DEVICES'' SECTIONS 21-20.20, 21-20.21, 21-20.22, 21-20.23, 21-20.24, AND 21-20.25; PROVIDING DEFINITIONS; IMPOSING A WAITING PERIOD AND A CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS CHECK IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OF ANY ELECTRONIC CONTROL DEVICE; IMPOSING MANDATORY TRAINING; PROHIBITING THE SALE OF ANY ELECTRONIC CONTROL DEVICE TO CERTAIN CLASSES OF PERSONS; PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES, SEVERABILITY, INCLUSION IN THE CODE AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE
Indexes: TASERS
Sponsors: Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 10/12/2005 2A SUB. Amended
REPORT: See Agenda Item 2A Substitute Amended (Legislative File # 052985)

County Attorney 10/5/2005 Assigned Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 10/12/2005

County Attorney 10/5/2005 Assigned Daron Fitch

Legislative Text


TITLE
ORDINANCE PERTAINING TO CHAPTER 21 OF THE CODE OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA ENTITLED ''OFFENSES AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS'' AND ARTICLE III ENTITLED ''WEAPONS''; CREATING DIVISION 3 ''ELECTRONIC CONTROL DEVICES'' SECTIONS 21-20.20, 21-20.21, 21-20.22, 21-20.23, 21-20.24, AND 21-20.25; PROVIDING DEFINITIONS; IMPOSING A WAITING PERIOD AND A CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS CHECK IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OF ANY ELECTRONIC CONTROL DEVICE; IMPOSING MANDATORY TRAINING; PROHIBITING THE SALE OF ANY ELECTRONIC CONTROL DEVICE TO CERTAIN CLASSES OF PERSONS; PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES, SEVERABILITY, INCLUSION IN THE CODE AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE

BODY
WHEREAS, there exist, within Miami-Dade County electronic control devices, which send electric charges to the body of individuals that they come into contact with; and
WHEREAS, without proper training, these electronic control devices have the potential for causing bodily harm; and
WHEREAS, there have been incidents involving the use of electronic control devices by criminals; and
WHEREAS, there have been expressions of concern within the community that even when used by law enforcement personnel, electronic control devices should be used with extreme caution; and
WHEREAS, the use of electronic control devices without proper training places a great risk to the health, welfare, and safety of citizens of Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, this Board recognizes, presently, that electronic control devices are advertised for sale and sold in Miami-Dade County to untrained individuals without regulation,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA:
Section 1. Division 3, as set forth below, is hereby added to Article III of Chapter 21 of the Code of Miami-Dade County (“the Code”):
DIVISION 3. ELECTRONIC CONTROL DEVICES
Sec. 21-20.20. Definitions.

For purposes of this division, the following terms shall be defined as follows:

(a) The word “Electronic Control Device” as used in this division shall be construed to mean any portable device which is designed or intended by the manufacturer to be used, offensively or defensively, which fires one or more barbs attached to a length of wire and which, upon hitting a person, can send out an electric pulse or current capable of temporarily immobilizing or incapacitating a person by disrupting that person’s nervous system.

(b) “Any part of the transaction” means any part of the sales transaction, including but not limited to, the offer of sale, negotiations, the agreement to sell, the transfer of consideration, or the transfer of the electronic control device.

(c) “Property to which the public has the right of access” means any real or personal property to which the public has a right of access, including property owned by either public or private individuals, firms and entities and expressly includes, but is not limited to, flea markets, gun shows and firearm exhibitions.

(d) “Sale” means the transfer of money or other valuable consideration.







Sec. 21-20.21. Five-day Waiting Period and Criminal History Records Check on Electronic Control Device Sales.

(a) Application and enforcement of section. Law enforcement officers shall have the right to enforce the provisions of this section against any person found violating these provisions within their jurisdiction.

(b) Sale and delivery of electronic control devices; mandatory five-day waiting period. There shall be a mandatory five-day waiting period, which shall be five full days, excluding weekends and legal holidays, between the hour of the sale and the hour of the delivery of any electronic control device when any part of the transaction is conducted within Miami-Dade County on property to which the public has the right of access.

(c) Sale and delivery of electronic control devices; mandatory criminal records check. No person, whether licensed or unlicensed, shall sell, offer for sale, transfer or deliver any electronic control device to another person when any part of the transaction is conducted on property to which the public has the right of access within Miami-Dade County unless the buyer or the transferee has undergone the criminal history and background check procedures specified under section 790.065, Florida Statutes (2005) and has been provided with a unique approval number.

In the case of a seller who is not a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer or licensed dealer, compliance with section 790.065 or its state or federal successor shall be achieved by the seller requesting that a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer or licensed dealer complete all the requirements of section 790.065 or its state or federal successor. Licensed importers, manufacturers and dealers may charge a reasonable fee of an unlicensed seller to cover costs associated with completing the requirements of section 790.065.

(d) Records available for inspection. Records of electronic control device sales must be available for inspection by any law enforcement officer as defined in section 934.02(6), Florida Statutes (2005).

(e) Exemptions. Holders of a concealed weapons permit as prescribed by state law and holders of an active certification from the Criminal Justice Standards and Training officer, or a correctional probation officer as set forth in state law shall not be subject to the provisions of this section.

Sales to a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer or licensed dealer shall not be subject to the provisions of this section.



Sec. 21-20.22. Unlawful to sell electronic control devices to persons who have not had mandatory training on the proper use of electronic control devices.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to acquire an electronic control device in Miami-Dade County unless such person has received safety instruction and is otherwise qualified, pursuant to this section, or unless he is specifically exempted from the operation of this section.

(b) In order to qualify under this section the purchaser must complete the training course offered by the manufacturer of the electronic control device or any other instructor certified by the manufacturer. Persons who have successfully completed the training course offered by the manufacturer in the course of purchasing an electronic control device shall not be required to repeat the training in any given year in order to purchase another electronic control device.

(c) This section shall not apply to:

(1) Law enforcement officers or agents of any state of the United States, or any political subdivision, municipal corporation, department or agency of either, members of the organized militia of any state for the armed forces of the United States, or law enforcement officers of any political subdivision, municipal corporation, department or agency of either, while engaged in the discharge of their official duties.

(2) Wholesale dealers in their business intercourse with retail dealers or retail dealers in their business intercourse with other retail dealers or to wholesale or retail dealers in the regular or ordinary transportation of electronic control devices by mail, express or other mode of shipment to points outside the country.

(3) Nonresidents of the United States having proper authorization from his or her consulate, acting consulate, commercial attaché, or such other authorized representative.


Sec. 21-20.23. Sale or delivery of electronic control devices to certain classes of persons is prohibited.

It shall be unlawful to sell or deliver any electronic control device to any person who the seller has reasonable grounds to believe is under the age of eighteen (18); is under the influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotic drugs, barbiturates, hallucinogens, other controlled substance; is addicted to the use of any narcotic drug, barbiturate, hallucinogens, or other controlled substance; is a habitual alcoholic; is of unsound mind; has been convicted of a felony; or is a fugitive from justice.

Sec. 21-20.24. Possession of electronic control device.

It shall be unlawful to possess an electronic control device in Miami-Dade County unless the person possessing the electronic control device has undergone the criminal history and background check procedures specified under section 790.065, Florida Statutes, and the mandatory training requirements specified in section 21-20.22 of this division. Upon request, a person possessing an electronic control device in Miami-Dade County must be able to provide proof of having undergone the criminal history and background check procedures specified under section 790.065, Florida Statutes, and the mandatory training requirements specified in section 21-20.22 of this division.

It shall be unlawful for a person who has been convicted of a felony to possess an electronic control device in Miami-Dade County.




Sec. 21-20.25. Penalties.

Any person violating any section of this division shall be punished by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment in the County Jail for not more than sixty (60) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to preempt the imposition of higher penalties imposed by state or federal law.


Section 2. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or provision of this ordinance is held invalid, the remainder of this ordinance shall not be affected thereby.
Section 3. It is the intention of the Board of County Commissioners, and it is hereby ordained, that the provisions of this ordinance shall become and be made a part of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida. The sections of this ordinance may be renumbered or relettered to accomplish such intention, and the word "ordinance" may be changed to "section," "article," or other appropriate word.
Section 4. This ordinance shall become effective ten (10) days after the date of enactment unless vetoed by the Mayor, and if vetoed, shall become effective only upon an override by this Board.



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