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Study: stun guns are relatively safe

Mar 31, 2005

 ARLINGTON, Va., : The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Arlington, Va.,, says stun gun technology, when used appropriately, is relatively safe and effective.

ARLINGTON, Va., : The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Arlington, Va.,, says stun gun technology, when used appropriately, is relatively safe and effective.

However, the institute's report said medical testing should continue and federal guidelines for manufacturers and end users should be put into place.

The study was partially based on the findings of a February conference at the institute, bringing together experts in medical, industry, policy, military, and law enforcement fields to analyze issues related to stun devices.

The study's authors reported the odds for a stun device to contribute to death are one in one thousand and the ratio of lives saved to lives lost exceeds 70:1. The study offered the ratio for lives saved to lives lost related to air bags in automobiles as comparison, approximately 50:1.

The study also said that of the 72 mortality cases documented in the Amnesty International 2004 report on stun device use, none cited stun employment as the sole cause of death; it was only mentioned as a possible contributing factor.The mortalities involved other factors, such as heart disease, excessive drug ingestion, and multiple force applications.

- -- Copyright 2005 by United Press International.