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UK civil rights groups question safety of stun guns

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7308.300 (Published 11 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:300
  1. Mark Gould
  1. London

    Civil rights groups and mental health charities are demanding an independent safety evaluation of electric stun weapons before they are used by police forces in the United Kingdom.

    The Metropolitan Police and Northamptonshire Constabulary are considering introducing the “taser” stun gun from the United States as an alternative to firearms used against violent suspects. The taser fires barbed darts that deliver a 50000 volt shock to …

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