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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The law exempted law enforcement officers, but required police to have special training on the use of stun guns. Bob Salsberg,, "Massachusetts court says ban on stun guns violates Second Amendment," 17 Apr. 2018 Martha Al-Bishara was charged with criminal trespass and obstructing an officer Friday, when police held her at gunpoint before bringing her to the ground with a jolt from the electrified prongs of a stun gun. Fox News, "Police chief defends Taser use on woman, 87, holding knife," 15 Aug. 2018 One officer fired a stun gun at Maynard and the other fatally shot him from about 5 or 6 feet (1.5 meters or 1.8 meters) away, Ayers said. Fox News, "Chief: Officer kills man accused of killing Georgia officer," 23 Oct. 2018 Mikowski then shot Norris with the stun gun while Norris was in a yard in the 1900 block of Cressida Place. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Meridian officer, chasing fugitive alone, didn't know who he'd shot until it was over," 3 July 2018 Investigators also discovered a stun gun and body armor, the news release said. Cathy Locke, sacbee, "Two felons arrested in Loomis gun-store burglary | The Sacramento Bee," 2 Feb. 2018 At one point, an officer pulls out a stun gun and waves it at the crowd. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Video of police ripping a black child from his mom has sparked debate over NYPD practices," 11 Dec. 2018 But the stun gun was not effective, so the officer fired his service revolver, hitting the suspect at least once, police said. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Cop fatally shoots chain-wielding suspect after machete attack, police say," 9 Aug. 2018 Wilson finally did when the officer, who traveled through the crowd on horseback, shocked Wilson with a stun gun, police said, the Advocate reported. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "A brawl broke out. 2 police officers kept their ‘cool’ while getting attacked, Louisiana authorities say," 20 June 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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