The Taser Anthony DiLiberto, Michael Schulz, Alex Stepien ECE 317, Fall 2010 Taser guns have helped transform the police and security industries since their invention in 1993. By providing them to police officers, Taser guns have made it easier for law enforcement personnel to effectively carry out their jobs. Furthermore, the acting officer does not have to resort to using batons, pepper spray, or empty hand techniques. The United States has seen an increase in the use of Tasers recently, as evidenced by the increase from 71 to 164 incidents in the city of Phoenix from 2002 to 2003. During the same time period, the number of officer-involved shootings decreased by seven. Under U.S. law, Tasers are not considered firearms and may be legally carried or concealed without a permit in 43 states. The Taser gun works through Neuromuscular Incapacitation (NMI), a process that involves sending electrical impulses similar to the ones a human brain produces directly to a subject’s body, which results in involuntary movements by the subject. While pain is often
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