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Old 11-12-2010, 7:11 PM
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Old tasers used smokeless powder and are activated by an explosion. That's why People v. Heffner classified them as a firearm for purposes of 12031 (the relevant definitional statute required "explosion or other combustion").

New tasers (such as the C2 or x26c) use compressed gas, which is not an explosion or other combustion. That is why they are generally not believed to be firearms. Certainly, if new tasers were firearms for 12031, it would seem so would airsoft guns, paintball guns, and any number of things which launch projectiles by compressed gas.
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