See The Lasso Gun Being Sold To Schools To Control Your Kids

The device is called the BolaWrap. It was put together by Wrap Technologies and is a hand-held device that shoots out a rope that has a lasso effect, much like a cowboy roping cattle. This lasso gun is currently being used by police officers as a way to restrain those “noncompliant individuals” and now, the company wants to make them available in schools to help handle “noncompliant” students.

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Lasso Gun

The device is called the BolaWrap. It was put together by Wrap Technologies and is a hand-held device that shoots out a rope that has a lasso effect, much like a cowboy roping cattle. This lasso gun is currently being used by police officers as a way to restrain those “noncompliant individuals” and now, the company wants to make them available in schools to help handle “noncompliant” students.

The lasso gun fires off a powerful rope that wraps itself around the individual and has become popular with cops after they saw the product in action. It is a non-lethal device that has gone through a few changes in order to make itself more useable and less threatening. One big change, which is now part of Wrap Technologies BolaWrap 150, is that the new lasso gun uses an airbag-like mechanism [like you’d find in a car] to fire off the cord rather than gun powder.

As the device’s popularity begins to grow, Wrap Technologies is looking to get the lasso gun into more places than just police stations and the military. They are now pushing to have these in hospitals, security personnel, homeowners, and yes, even public schools across the nation. Records show that at least one hospital is presently interested in adding the device to their safety repertoire.

But to get the lasso gun into more hands will take some doing. It would first require Wrap Technologies to get the device exempt from the National Firearms Act. This is why Wrap Technologies has been lobbying the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Former CEO and President, Tom Smith, had explained to stockholders last year that the company had applied to the ATF to deregulate the device in order to take it to the public for sale.

Although no word has yet been given on the deregulation status of the BolaWrap 150, Wrap expects the ATF to rule in favor of their lasso gun. The Wrap website even states “The company does anticipate making the BolaWrap available to other professionals in the future.” They claim that they have received numerous requests for lasso gun purchase by individuals, bail bondsmen, fugitive recovery agents, private security, places of worship, mental health institutions, and schoolteachers.

Here’s a look at the future kid lassoing device in action…

During their 2021 investor presentation, Wrap Technologies called “20,000,000 private security workers worldwide” along with “4,900,000+ elementary, secondary & post-secondary school teachers” as their “future opportunities.” Those are some big numbers.

While some police departments appreciate the lasso gun, not everyone is on board with the device. Sarah Abdelaziz, Director of Activists in Residence of the Abolitionist Teaching Network took one look at the BolaWrap and called the Wrap Technologies plan “absolutely terrifying.” She then said via Vice, “I think that anyone’s initial reaction to the idea of being lassoed is terror, rightly so. That conjures images of another time.”

Some police departments, such as the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), have gone under test trials with the Bola Wrap. According to an LAPD report, the lasso gun was ineffective, costly, and very seldom used in the field. This report caused a lawsuit to be filed by shareholders against the company claiming, from the LAPD report, that over a six-month period there were 200 BolaWrap 150’s put in the hands of over 1,000 police officers, and during that time they were used only nine times. They were said to have only worked once.

Buffalo police were also under fire for their use of the BolaWrap. In 2021, Buffalo police officers were filmed using the lasso gun on a Black trans woman who was in the midst of a mental health crisis. Police officers were slammed for using the BolaWrap instead of attempting to deescalate the situation or even try to talk to her at all.

 While this may sound like a good idea, in theory, in helping police subdue potential criminals or hospitals with their “noncompliant individuals”, is this a device you want to see in public schools? Granted, the level of violence has gone up by a large margin as most school districts have returned to in-person learning, but will the idea of the BolaWrap ease the violence? You can check out the lasso gun in action below.

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