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

Examples of stun gun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One pepper sprays Edwards, while another uses a stun gun six times. Meryl Kornfield, Washington Post, "A veteran died in Florida jail. Two years later, video shows he was tased, left convulsing in cell," 14 Nov. 2020 Family members, some of whom witnessed the arrest, said the stun gun was used on Rayford at least six times. Jacob Beltran,, "Three Schertz officers involved in controversial arrest reassigned," 12 Nov. 2020 Hearon's presentation included two images of where the stun gun's probes landed on Reed's body. Ryan Martin, The Indianapolis Star, "What the Dreasjon Reed investigation revealed: Video, audio tracks and gun analysis," 12 Nov. 2020 Prosecutors said Taylor, affected by the stun gun, stumbled forward. Michael Williams,, "Question in San Leandro Walmart police killing: Should officer have gone in alone?," 26 Oct. 2020 An officer discharged the stun gun into Marshall’s back a short time later, the district attorney’s office said. oregonlive, "Man dies 2 days Forest Grove police use stun gun on him, authorities confirm," 17 Oct. 2020 Acevedo said although Chavez had picked up the stun gun, the officers had plenty of time to back up and take cover. Juan A. Lozano, USA TODAY, "4 Texas police officers fired after fatally shooting man 'having a mental breakdown' in April," 11 Sep. 2020 Video shows Brooks at one point turning around and pointing the stun gun at the officers from a distance. Fox News, "Ex-Atlanta cop in Brooks case waives court appearance, was linked to 2015 shooting: reports," 20 June 2020 After police tried twice unsuccessfully to use a stun gun on Blake, officer Rusten Sheskey shot him at close range while holding onto his shirt, authorities said. Star Tribune, "Were they a threat? Police shootings reignite legal debate," 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of stun gun

1967, in the meaning defined above

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22 Nov 2020

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“Stun gun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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