Maine USA


H.P. 868 - L.D. 1271

An Act Regarding Criminal Use of an Electronic Weapon

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 17-A MRSA §1004 is enacted to read:

§1004.__Criminal use of electronic weapon

1.__Except as provided in subsection 4, a person is guilty of
criminal use of an electronic weapon if the person intentionally,
knowingly or recklessly uses an electronic weapon upon any other

2.__As used in this section, "electronic weapon" means a
portable device or weapon from which an electrical current,
impulse, wave or beam may be directed, which current, impulse,
wave or beam is designed to have a disabling effect upon human

3.__Criminal use of an electronic weapon is a Class D crime.

4.__This section does not apply to the use of an electronic
weapon by:

A.__A law enforcement officer, corrections officer or
corrections supervisor engaged in the performance of the law
enforcement officer's, corrections officer's or corrections
supervisor's public duty if the officer's or corrections
supervisor's appointing authority has authorized such use of
an electronic weapon; or

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