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Taser boss says stun guns ‘safe’

The company behind Tasers&nbsp; is developing a 12-guage shotgun that willfire an electronic charge to incapacitate a suspect from 20 metresaway, and already has inquiries from Canadian law enforcement for thenew product.<br />Tom Smith, founder and CEO of Taser International, yesterday told aparliamentary committee studying the safety of the current Taser modelsin use in Canada that “scientific” research shows they are safe if usedproperly.

The company behind Tasers is developing a 12-guage shotgun that will fire an electronic charge to incapacitate a suspect from 20 metres away, and already has inquiries from Canadian law enforcement for the new product.
Tom Smith, founder and CEO of Taser International, yesterday told a parliamentary committee studying the safety of the current Taser models in use in Canada that “scientific” research shows they are safe if used properly.
The newer shotgun model is to be studied jointly by the U.K., the U.S., and the federally-funded Canadian Police Research Centre, he said.
Smith said the two handheld stun models in use in Canada have not been found to have caused or contributed to any of 300 deaths in the United States, or 16 deaths in Canada where a weapon was discharged.
The Taser boss would not comment on whether the weapon was a factor in the October death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski.
“It’s certainly an emotional event which we are sympathetic to, but we have to rely on the science.”


 
 
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