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New Jersey is the last state in the union to permit police to have stun guns, but in doing so also has established one of the toughest set of criteria in the nation as to how such weapons may be used by officers, according to law enforcement officials.

What began with the grudging approval of stun guns for law enforcement use in Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s administration in 2009 will culminate this year when many agencies throughout the Garden State begin to purchase the technology.

At the heart of the state policy is the principle that stun guns are generally meant to be an alternative to deadly force only, not as a means of subduing a suspect who for example is simply fleeing arrest or being uncooperative, and poses no threat to the life of the officer or the public.

Source: Courier Post Online

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