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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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 Deputies found drug paraphernalia, suspected methamphetamine, a stun gun and burglary tools inside the vehicle the suspects were driving, according to the Facebook post. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Real estate agent stumbles upon pair burglarizing home, Placer deputies say," 19 June 2018 And in a short, unsigned 2016 opinion, the Court vacated the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s upholding of a stun gun ban. Joseph Blocher And Eric Ruben, Vox, "The Second Amendment allows for more gun control than you think," 14 June 2018 The officer deploys a stun gun before shooting Peters twice. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Video of police fatal shooting of naked man raises questions, family says," 26 May 2018 He was eventually forced out of his vehicle, and he was hit in his lower back with a stun gun, according to the report. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oak Creek man threatened to 'execute' Greendale police officers and their families, report says," 7 June 2018 The officers tried unsuccessfully to take the woman down with a stun gun, so a third cop shot the woman, the Journal News reported. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Officers tried to help injured toddler. Her knife-wielding mom attacked them, NY police say | Miami Herald," 30 Apr. 2018 Joseph O’Brien continued to struggle even though officers hit him with batons, shot him with a stun gun, and shot him with a rubber pellet gun. J.d. Capelouto,, "Federal judge tosses case of man on ketamine who sued Bellingham police after wild melee at station," 29 June 2018 Bronin had noted in a letter to the council that more than half of the department’s stun guns were inoperable. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Hartford Council Greenlights Purchase Of Body-Worn Cameras For Police," 29 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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