nightclub bouncers & Tasers
1. Do nightclub bouncers/security have to have a Concealed carry permit or training to use a taser that is concealed?
2. Is the bouncer/security employee required to have some sort of uniform or identity to make him reconizable as the clubs security employee (ex. employee uniform, security uniform, STAFF, or SECURITY on their shirt)? Somthing besides standard civilian clothing.
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: nightclub bouncers & Tasers
The regulation of security guard licensing is generally handled at the local level. You will likely need to look at the regulations of the city where the nighclub was located. Security guards are required to follow a principle known as the use of force continium which indicates when they are entitled to use non-lethal force such as a taser. They should also have been trained in the use of any weapon at their disposal. The issue of whether or not a uniform is required is likely a local issue as well. I have successfully handled excessive use of force cases against security guards in the past and would be happy to look at the particular facts of your incident.
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