14th Product Liability Lawsuit Dismissed Against TASER International

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 2, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- TASER International, Inc. (Nasdaq:TASR), a market leader in advanced electronic control devices announced that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, entered a judgment of dismissal ordering the dismissal with prejudice of the product liability lawsuit filed by Salvatore Dimiceli against TASER International, Inc. This is the fourteenth wrongful death or injury lawsuit that has been dismissed or judgment entered in favor of TASER International in the past 24 months.

"We are very pleased to have the U.S. District Court order the dismissal of this product liability lawsuit," commented Douglas Klint, Vice President and General Counsel for TASER International. "Our strategy of aggressively defending this litigation is beginning to show results and we will continue to relentlessly fight these lawsuits with overwhelming medical and scientific evidence showing that the TASER(r) device was not the cause of injury or death. We strongly believe that the scientific evidence shows that TASER technology is among the safest use of force alternatives as evidenced by the fact that over 30 world class medical and scientific experts are testifying on the safety of the TASER device.

"By contrast, purported 'expert opinions' claiming TASER devices are unduly dangerous have been unable to withstand scientific scrutiny. For example, the most prominent expert in cases against the Company has been James Ruggieri. In deposition, Mr. Ruggieri admitted that he is in fact a high school dropout with no engineering degrees. Independent expert analysis of his most recent report on electro-shock weapon safety in the Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers illustrated simple math errors resulting in an error of 69,920% exaggeration in his power calculations for the TASER device."

"Another adverse plaintiff 'expert' is Gary Ordog, whose medical license was recently suspended by the Medical Board of California effective May 26, 2006 with the following action: 'Seven years probation with various terms and conditions and ninety days actual suspension to be served beginning 06/11/06 through 09/08/06. Shall be prohibited from engaging in a medical-legal or forensics practice of medicine during the period of probation.'" (See http://www2.dca.ca.gov/pls/wllpub/WLLQRYNA$LCEV2.QueryView?P_LICENSE_NUMBER=43038&P_LTE_ID=790.) "We are confident in the world-class quality of our experts and our science and we are prepared to aggressively expose any expert the plaintiffs may offer against us in litigation," concluded Klint.

About TASER International, Inc.

TASER International provides advanced electronic control devices for use in the law enforcement, military, private security and personal defense markets. TASER devices use proprietary technology to incapacitate dangerous, combative or high-risk subjects who pose a risk to law enforcement officers, innocent citizens or themselves in a manner that is generally recognized as a safer alternative to other uses of force. TASER technology saves lives every day, and the use of TASER devices dramatically reduces injury rates for police officers and suspects. For more information on TASER life-saving technology, please call TASER International at (800) 978-2737 or visit our website at www.TASER.com.

Note to Investors

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), including statements, without limitation, regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. We intend that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe-harbor provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking information is based upon current information and expectations regarding TASER International. These estimates and statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, are not guarantees of future performance, and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied, or forecasted in such forward-looking statements.

TASER International assumes no obligation to update the information contained in this press release. These statements are qualified by important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those reflected by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include but are not limited to: (1) market acceptance of our products; (2) our ability to establish and expand direct and indirect distribution channels; (3) our ability to attract and retain the endorsement of key opinion-leaders in the law enforcement community; (4) the level of product technology and price competition for our products; (5) the degree and rate of growth of the markets in which we compete and the accompanying demand for our products; (6) risks associated with rapid technological change and new product introductions; (7) competition; (8) litigation including lawsuits resulting from alleged product related injuries and death; (9) media publicity concerning allegations of deaths and injuries occurring after use of the TASER device and the negative effect this publicity could have on our sales; (10) TASER device tests and reports; (11) product quality; (12) implementation of manufacturing automation; (13) potential fluctuations in our quarterly operating results; (14) financial and budgetary constraints of prospects and customers; (15) order delays; (16) dependence upon sole and limited source suppliers; (17) negative reports concerning the TASER device; (18) fluctuations in component pricing; (19) government regulations and inquiries; (20) dependence upon key employees and our ability to retain employees; (21) execution and implementation risks of new technology; (22) ramping manufacturing production to meet demand; (23) medical and safety studies; and (24) other factors detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, those factors detailed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Form 10-Qs.

The statements made herein are independent statements of TASER International. The inclusion of any third parties does not represent an endorsement of any TASER International products or services by any such third parties.

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TASER International, Inc. 
Steve Tuttle, Vice President of Communications
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