TASERS, Stun Guns and Electronic Self-Defense Weapons
A TASER gun is basically a handheld electroshock gun that was developed by a company called TASER international.
Where does the name come from?
Most people are surprised to learn that the name TASER is actually an acronym that stands for “Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle.” The TASER gun was originally designed in 1969 by an inventor named Jack Cover who named the TASER gun after the adventure character Tom Swift.
How do Stun Guns Work?
TASER guns work by firing small dart-like electrodes that are propelled by small gas charges (such as compressed nitrogen). The electrodes have metal wires that attach back to the taser gun. When the electrodes make contact with the target, the electronic device transmits powerful electrical pulses along the wires and into the body of the target. The maximum range of the typical TASER guns is about 30 feet. The TASER guns use a shaped pulse / arc of electricity that disrupts a person’s nerve and muscle function without needing metal prongs on the projectile to penetrate the skin.
The “pulse” model TASER guns are designed to bring down a subject even if they are wearing body armor.
Who Uses TASER Guns and Stun Guns?
TASER guns are used primarily by police departments in an effort to reduce the number of lethal firearm-related deaths. Many police departments report a decline in the number of police officer-involved shootings as a result of using the police TASER guns. Electronic stun guns are also used by private security guards as an alternative to carrying a gun. Private citizens also use taser guns and stun guns as a method of personal protection.
Controversy over Safety
There is growing controversy about the use, or abuse of TASER guns, especially the use of police tasers. While they are not technically considered lethal weapons, many question the safety and humaneness of TASER guns. Many people feel the use of police taser guns is abused. A number of civil liberty groups would like to see tasers banned completely. In fact, Amnesty International has documented over 150 deaths related to the use of electric guns.
Recently, the U.S. National Institute of Justice began a study into taser-related abuse deaths that occurred while a subject was custody. Following are some interesting articles related to the use of these weapons:
- Unregulated Use of Taser Stun Guns Threatens Lives, ACLU of Northern California Study Finds
- TASER Danger? – 70 Deaths After Use Of Stun Gun Lead To Questions Over Its Safety
Where to the Equipment
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Sample TASER and Stun Guns
Following are sample devices for sale:
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Many spy equipment shops also sell taser holsters, mini stun guns, stun batons, and stun belts. Holsters are generally unnecessary for the average individual, as most private citizens wish to conceal their stun taser. However, police and security professionals may wear a holster as a part of their standard uniform.
Laws and Restrictions
Stun Guns and TASER guns are restricted in the following states. Since state laws are constantly changing, be sure to check your state and local weapon laws before making a purchase.
- Illinois, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin
These types of electronic weapons are restricted in the following cities:
- Annapolis, MD
- Baltimore, MD
- Chicago, IL
- Washington, D.C.
- Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in New York City
The electronic weapons are restricted in the following countries:
- Hong Kong
- India (permitted for police use only)
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- Due to the way it is pronounced, the acronym is sometimes written incorrectly as TAZER.
- The voltage delivered during shock varies widely, so be sure to check the voltage level before purchasing.
- Private investigators should be familiar with these weapons, both for personal safety while on the job, and for investigating cases that involve their use.
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