A stun gun is a less lethal electrical weapon which uses high voltage, low amperage discharge to cause temporary pain and paralysis to a subject. Taser brand stun guns are very popular with police.
Stun guns vary from batons similar to cattle prods to small hand held units that are shaped like cell phones and blackberry devices. Most involve direct contact, that is the operator of the stun gun must apply the electrodes directly to the target subject to deliver the stunning effect. Other types of stun guns, such as the Taser, fire a set of darts that are connected by wire to the weapon. When the trigger is depressed it both fires the darts and activates the electric charge. A few models, such as the Taser C2, automatically deliver a discharge to the subject every few seconds allowing the operator to set it down and flee for safety.
- Taser International