TASERS and Stun Guns


What are TASERS and stun guns?

TASERS and stun guns are handheld electroshock gun that was developed by a company called TASER international. Most people are surprised to learn that TASER is actually an acronym for “Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle.” The TASER gun was originally designed in 1969 by an inventor named Jack Cover who named the electric 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 device. When the electrodes make contact with the target, the electronic device transmits powerful electrical pulses along the wires and into the target’s body, causing significant pain. 

The maximum range of the typical device is about 30 feet. The 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 models are designed to bring down a subject even if they are wearing body armor.

Who Uses the Devices?

TASER guns are used primarily by police departments and law enforcement officers 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 police TASER guns. 

Electronic stun guns are also used by private security guards as an alternative to carrying a firearm. Private citizens also use the devices as a method of personal protection to stop attackers in their tracks.

Controversy over Safety

There is growing controversy about the use, or abuse of electronic guns, especially concerning the use of police tasers.  While they are not technically considered lethal weapons, many question the safety and humaneness of the tools. Many people feel the use of police taser guns is abused. A number of civil liberty groups would like to see them banned completely. In fact, Amnesty International has documented over 150 deaths related to the use of electric guns.

The U.S. National Institute of Justice conducted a study into taser-related abuse deaths that occurred while a subject was in custody.

Where to Buy TASERS and stun guns

The Home Security Superstore has a wide selection of TASERs, stun guns, and stun batons.

TASER® Pulse Subcompact – This model fires two barbed probes up to 15 feet away. The barbs can stick into flesh, penetrate clothing, and even send a jolt of electricity through a bulletproof vest. As a result, the electricity interrupts the body’s normal function and incapacitated the target. In addition, the gun has two metal electrodes that work by pressing the device to the subject’s body. Also, it has a built-in laser to help improve aiming.

Cell Phone Stun Gun – This is one of the most powerful stun guns that is simple to use and reliable. Disguised as a cell phone, the stun gun cell is one of the most powerful stun guns available. People usually think it is the high voltage that stops an attacker. Not true. Voltage doesn’t hurt anyone, it’s the amperage. One amp will kill someone. This cell only has between 5-8 milliamps. Just enough to incapacitate an attacker without doing any permanent damage. This is a completely non-lethal way to protect yourself. 800,000 Volts, 4.5 inches tall X, 1.75 inches wide, 1 inch thick, Available in Red or Blue, FREE Holster Safety Switch.

NOTE: Companies will not sell or ship to the following states due to laws and regulations: District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, or outside the United States. In Iowa and Mississippi, a permit s required to legally possess a stun gun or taser. Be sure to check your local laws before placing your order.


Many spy equipment shops also sell taser holsters, stun batons, and belts.  Holsters are generally unnecessary for the average individual, as most private citizens wish to conceal their weapons. However, police and security professionals may wear a holster as a part of their standard uniform.

TASERS and stun guns Laws and Restrictions

These types of protection devices 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., and Philadelphia. Also, the possession and sale of Stunning Devices are banned in New York City.

Electronic weapons are restricted in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, India (permitted for police use only), Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.


  • Due to the way it is pronounced, the acronym is sometimes written incorrectly as TAZER
  • The devices are intended to be used for personal protection only.
  • The shipping of TASER-branded devices outside the United States is restricted by federal law.
  • 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.

Learn about other types of equipment used for personal protection and self-defense.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including eInvestigator.com. Michael created eInvestigator.com more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at Amazon.com.


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