stun gun


Definition of stun gun 

: a weapon designed to stun or immobilize (as by electric shock) rather than kill or injure the one affected

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Witnesses say Mikowski tried to stop Norris with a stun gun; Norris then shot at Mikowski, who was hit twice in his legs but returned fire. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "He said he was on a path to 'positive change.' Then came prison time, & the shootout," 5 July 2018 The changes come after the Supreme Judicial Court issued an April decision striking down the state’s civilian ban on stun guns. Matt Stout,, "Legislature could soon move ‘red flag’ gun bill to Baker’s desk," 28 June 2018 Officers shot Madrigal five times with the stun gun and then were able to take him into custody, Phoenix police Sgt. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Police: Man beat woman to death with tire iron, scratched word 'cheater' into car hood," 9 July 2018 One officer shot him with a stun gun in the neck, four times in 43 seconds. Helen Ubiñas,, "Father of man Tased by police stands endless bedside vigil | Helen Ubiñas," 29 June 2018 Smith, using an electric stun gun, then reached his arm inside the car in an attempt to shock two of the men, according to the report. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Florida man pulls knife on students eating burgers, goes on anti-Muslim rant at McDonald's: Police," 25 May 2018 The announcement by Axon ─ formerly known as Taser, for its line of stun guns ─ marks a new development in an ongoing battle over the uses, and feared abuses, of body cameras. Jon Schuppe /, NBC News, "Axon's police body cams could be getting an AI upgrade. Civil rights groups are worried.," 26 Apr. 2018 Massachusetts' highest court ruled Tuesday that the state's ban on civilian possession of stun guns violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Bob Salsberg,, "Massachusetts court says ban on stun guns violates Second Amendment," 17 Apr. 2018 Related stories from Fort Worth Star Telegram Graham police used stun gun on autistic teen. Nichole Manna, star-telegram, "Graham police release video of officers using stun gun on teen with autism," 12 July 2018

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stun gun

: a gun that produces an electric shock which makes someone unconscious or stops someone from moving

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