As an Atlanta-based company, we take a special interest in Georgia laws. Recently our governor signed a bill that allows students to carry, possess, and use electroshock weapons (i.e., stun gun or taser) on college campuses effective July 1, 2016.
Some of the more salient points about electroshock weapons:
- designed to incapacitate a person
- designed to be non-lethal
- high-voltage, low-current electrical discharge
- stun guns administer an electric shock via direct contact with the body
- tasers administer an electric shock via wires connected to projectiles (i.e., the user does not have to have direct physical contact with the target
- newer models have an automatic stop (the current stops flowing after a number of seconds, usually 5)
- repeated shock cycles can be administered by pulling the trigger repeatedly, thus allowing for a near-constant electrical discharge
- The United Nations Committee Against Torture, Amnesty International, and the American Civil Liberties Union have all raised concerns about the use of electroshock weapons as a method of torture
Clearly there are both pros and cons when it comes to using electroshock weapons. Some Georgia college campus police have begun to offer training and educational sessions on the use of tasers, which we think is positive and responsible course of action.