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Axon Enterprise, Inc. is a Scottsdale, Arizona-based company which develops technology and weapons products for law enforcement and civilians.

Its initial product and former namesake is Taser, a line of electroshock weapons. The company has since diversified into technology products for law enforcement, including a line of body cameras and, a cloud-based digital evidence platform. As of 2017, body cameras and associated services comprise a quarter of Axon's overall business.


TASER International, Inc. is an American developer, manufacturer, and distributor of the Taser electroshock gun in the United States. It is based at Scottsdale, Arizona, United States. Taser is the most common brand of electroshock gun.


The company was founded in 1991 (under the name Air Taser, Inc.) by brothers Rick and Tom Smith. The Smiths were upset when two of Rick's former teammates in high school were murdered in a road rage incident in a resort parking lot in Scottsdale. In 1993, they began working with Jack Cover on a non-lethal weapon; eventually Cover first developed an early version of the Taser.

TASER takes its name after a fictional weapon: Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle.<ref>

</ref> (His name in the stories is Tom Swift; the second initial was added to make the acronym more pronounceable.)

In June 1994, a non-firearm version of the Taser was developed, allowing it to bypass federal and state laws that only apply to firearms, and a tracking system (the “anti-felon identification” or “AFID” system) was created. This enables the Taser to disperse confetti with serial numbers when it is fired and links the specific Taser to the scene where it is used.

In 1998, the company adopted its current name, intending to emphasize the company's international expansion. In the same year, the company began marketing the weapon to law enforcement agencies and police departments, in addition to the private buyers who had bought Tasers for personal self-protection in prior years.

In 2001, TASER International developed its “Advanced Taser Electro-Muscular Disruption” system. In May 2001, they filed for an initial public offering and began trading NASDAQ under the stock symbol TASR. In May 2003, the company released its new Taser X26 model.


According to TASER International, the company has lost two product liability lawsuits:

</ref> TASER International has lost two product liability lawsuits.<ref>TASER Granted Summary Judgment Dismissing Product Liability Lawsuit, TASER International, Inc. press release, October 9, 2007.</ref>}} However, on June 6, 2008, the company lost its first product-liability suit.<ref> Taser Loses 1st Product-Liability Suit; Jury Awards $6 Million</ref> The damages were reduced in the Court of Appeals in 2011.<ref> Appeals Court Significantly Reduces Award in Heston Lawsuit Against TASER</ref> TASER lost its second product liability suit <ref> Court Grants TASER's Motion to Reduce Turner Jury Verdict From $10M to $4.3M</ref> In late January 2008, the public safety committee of the current Canadian House of Commons launched an investigation into their use, after the death of Robert Dziekanski.<ref> | Commons committee probes Taser use by police<!-- Bot generated title --></ref> The coroner concluded that the death of Robert Dziekanski was a homicide, confirming that the Taser was the cause of death, and has the capacity to kill.<ref></ref> The British Columbia government's Braidwood Inquiry is also currently underway.

In 2008, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation conducted a test, and found that TASER X26 Stun Guns manufactured before 2005 have a faulty fail-safe system.<ref> Amnesty urges moratorium on Taser use after CBC/Radio-Canada probe</ref>



Taser's namesake product is a handheld electroshock weapon designed to incapacitate a single person from a distance.


XREP (EXtended Range Electro-Muscular Projectile) is a wireless Taser round that can be fired from a 12 gauge shotgun.<ref>TASER International Successfully Demonstrates Wireless TASER(R) eXtended Range Electro-muscular Projectile to Military Officials, PR News. Retrieved December 23, 2007.</ref>


Protector was a monthly service for parents to monitor cell-phone use of children and young adults. The Company recorded a $1.4 million asset impairment charge in the second quarter of 2011 following a decision to abandon operations of Protector.<ref></ref>


The AXON Flex On-Officer Video System captures videos of critical situations from the officer's perspective. With a push of a button on the ComHub worn on the chest, the AXON Flex goes into “Live” mode and also retrieves the previous 30 seconds of buffered video. This ensures that not only are situations captured after the activation of the AXON Flex, but also the events leading up to the cause of the activation. With video recordings of exactly why necessary force was used, officers are able to justify their actions in the court of law and in the eyes of the public.


On July 20, 2004, Taser determined to restate its consolidated financial statements for the quarter ended March 31, 2004, due to an error in its calculation of the deferred tax benefit.<ref>

</ref> On April 19, 2005, Taser restated its financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2004, because there is an error resulted from calculation of the future tax benefit to be received from employees' sale of stock. On Nov 15, 2005, Taser restated its first and second quarter of 2005 financial results, due to an error resulted from the incorrect accrual of legal and other professional fees.<ref>

</ref> On May 12, 2006, Taser determined to restate results for the first quarter and “relevant prior periods”, to correct an error in the way it calculated expenses.<ref>




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