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TASER International Files Lawsuit Against Parent Company of the USA Today and the Arizona Republic

Lawsuit Alleges Libel, False Light Invasion of Privacy, Injurious Falsehood and Tortious Interference With Business Relations

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TASER International, Inc. (Nasdaq: TASR), a market leader in advanced non-lethal weapons announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Gannett Co., Inc., parent company of the USA Today Newspaper and the Arizona Republic, for libel, false light invasion of privacy, injurious falsehood and tortious interference with business relations in the Superior Court of the State of Arizona.

The complaint alleges that the defendants published an article in the USA Today Newspaper on June 3, 2005 which was grossly incorrect and completely misrepresented the facts by stating that the electrical output of the TASER(TM) X26 as 2,100 to 3,600 amperes, when the output of the TASER devices is, in fact, 0.0021 to 0.0036 amperes -- a misrepresentation of the devices' average current specifications by a factor of 1 million.

The USA Today further sensationalized the story by showing photographic comparisons of the TASER X26 with an electric chair, a lightning storm and the electric train track. The article proceeded to compare the output of the TASER X26 to that of an electric chair, stating the output of the TASER system is more than 100 times that of the electric chair, when in fact the TASER system's average current is 1,000 times LESS than that of the electric chair. This egregious error was compounded by the image of a TASER X26 next to that of an electric chair, besmirching the safety of TASER products in a highly visual manner. This article was especially outrageous because TASER International personnel including Thomas Smith, President of TASER International had met with numerous members of USA Today's editorial and reporting staff just weeks earlier, presenting full technical specifications and accurate information on TASER devices.

The complaint also asserts that the defendants engaged in the ongoing publication of misleading articles related to the safety of TASER products, resulting in substantial economic damages to TASER International, its customers and its shareholders.

"Over the course of this biased campaign, more than one billion dollars of shareholder value has been erased," said Rick Smith, Chief Executive Officer of TASER International. "Further, we have reason to believe that some law enforcement agencies delayed deploying TASER devices based on this false and misleading information. These delays or cancelled deployments may have resulted in officers resorting to other, potentially more dangerous force options, thereby causing unnecessary injuries or even loss of life due to these irresponsible reports."

"Because TASER International, Inc. does not have the ability to transmit the factual data correcting these biases and libel to the millions of readers who read these articles in the USA Today, Gannett papers, and their websites, we have turned to the court system to provide remedies and hold those responsible accountable," concluded Smith.

About TASER International, Inc.

TASER International provides advanced non-lethal 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 information within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of the 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. 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. TASER International's future results may be impacted by risks associated with rapid technological change, new product introductions, new technological developments and implementations, execution issues associated with new technology, ramping manufacturing production to meet demand, litigation results from Company filed lawsuits and other litigation including lawsuits resulting from alleged product related injuries, media publicity concerning allegations of deaths occurring after use of the TASER device and the negative impact this could have on sales, product quality, implementation of manufacturing automation, potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results, adjustments to these amounts which may be reflected in our 10Q filing, competition, financial and budgetary constraints of prospects and customers, international order delays, dependence upon sole and limited source suppliers, negative reports concerning TASER device uses, governmental inquiries and investigations, medical and safety studies, fluctuations in component pricing, government regulations, variation among law enforcement agencies with their TASER product experience, TASER device tests and reports, dependence upon key employees, and our ability to retain employees. TASER International's future results may also be impacted by other risk factors listed from time to time in its SEC filings, including, but not limited to, the Company's Form 10-QSBs and its Annual Report on Form 10-KSB.

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.

For further information contact Steve Tuttle, Vice President of Communications. Visit the company's web-site at www.TASER.com for facts and video.

SOURCE TASER International, Inc.
07/01/2005
CONTACT: Steve Tuttle, Vice President of Communications of TASER
International, Inc., Media ONLY Hotline, +1-480-444-4000
Web site: http://www.TASER.com
(TASR)

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding TASER International, Inc.'s business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.