What Is a Stun Gun?
A stun gun is an electroshock stun self-defense device. They are used to immobilize an attacker without causing and lasting harm. Self-defense stun devices also act as a deterrent. The firing of an electric shock device from a distance is often enough to stop an assailant attacking. Unlike personal alarms and pepper sprays, though, you need to get up close to an attacker to make an electroshock stun gun work. You must touch the assailant with device for it to have any effect. When used, though, a stun gun will immobilize an attacker and give you a chance to escape.
How Does a Stun Gun Work?
Most stun guns are simple handheld personal protection products. An example is the popular VIPERTEK VTS-989 stun gun pictured.
Stun guns have two sharp electrodes on the front that you press against that attacker’s skin. The electrodes are sharp, so they can penetrate through clothing. There will be simple on / off switch for firing the device.
When triggered, a stun device emits a powerful electrical charge. When the charge enters the muscles of the attacker, they will lose their balance and their muscles will contract. They will become disoriented and be unable to continue with the attack.
The longer the charge lasts, the worse the effects will be. Half a second will be enough to briefly disable most people. Three seconds would cause more serious muscle spasms and mental confusion. Not everyone reacts in the same way to stun gun though. Some people are less susceptible to the effects of electric shock stun guns than others.
What’s the Difference between a Stun Gun and a Taser?
The terms stun gun and Taser are often used interchangeably. They are two very different self-defense products though. A Taser, like the Taser Pulse pictured, fires projectiles that remain attached to two thin electrical wires. The projectiles are barbed shaped. They will penetrate clothing and sometimes pierce the skin. When the probes hit the assailant, the attacker will receive an electric shock in the same way they would with a stun gun.
The biggest difference between a Taser and a stun gun is that a Taser is effective against an assailant from a distance. Police forces and armed forces all around the world use Tasers. They are very effective, non-lethal weapons, but they are classified as offensive weapons in some countries.
Tasers are legal to own in most states. But, because Tasers for a projectile, the laws about concealing them and carrying them vary from region to region. If you are unsure if Tasers are legal to carry in your region, you should check with your local police department before purchasing one.
Are Stun Guns Legal?
You can legally own a stun gun in most US states. They are not legal everywhere though. Some counties, cities and states have banned stun guns. In most regions, it is legal to own a stun gun so long as you don’t have a criminal record. You can find out if stun guns are legal where you live here. In some areas where stun guns are currently illegal to own, the laws are being challenged as unconstitutional. You can find out more about the legality of owning electroshock stun devices here. Once again, if you are in any doubt at all, you should contact your local police department before you buy a stun gun.
Can Stun Guns Kill?
Stun guns are a popular self-defense product. They are much less likely to cause permanent harm or death than a pistol. An electroshock self-defense device will disable an attacker, but the effects will wear off.
There is a small chance that an electroshock stun device could cause cardiac arrest. This would usually be due to a pre-existing medical condition. The risk of cardiac arrest is also increased if the electric shock device is applied to the area over the heart for a prolonged period.
In most cases, an electroshock stun device will cause no long-term harm. There are cases of people dying from the effects of a stun gun or Taser, but these cases are rare. It is important, though, to understand that a stun gun is a self-defense weapon. It should only be used as a last resort. In most situations, the threat alone of a stun gun will be enough to make an attacker back off.
What Types of Stun Guns Can You Buy?
Stun guns are available in a variety of different designs. They all work in pretty much the same way. As well as the basic design of a stun gun, there are also stun guns that are disguised as other objects. These include lipstick stun guns, cell phone stun guns and stun tactical flashlights. There are also stun batons. Below, you will find a selection of the various types of stun guns that are available to buy.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Stun Guns?
Stun guns are effective. There is no question about that. An electroshock self-defense product will disable an attacker and give you a chance to escape. They also provide an effective deterrent. When you discharge a stun gun, the electricity arcs between the contacts. This causes a loud crackling sound and an impressive light display. Stun guns have their disadvantages too. Here are some of the things to think about before you buy a stun gun for self-defense.
You Need to Get up Close with a Stun Gun
A stun gun needs to touch the person’s skin before it will have any effect. If the sight of a stun gun doesn’t scare an attacker away, you will have to wait for them to approach you before you can use the device. You could opt of a Taser instead. But, Tasers are more expensive and there are more legal restrictions on carrying them.
A Stun Gun Could be Used Against You
If an assailant snatches a stun gun from you, they could use it on you. This is the case with most types of self-defense weapons. But, the effect that a stun gun has will be far more frightening than a pepper spray.
You Can’t Carry a Stun Gun Everywhere
As mentioned before, stun guns are not legal in every region. They are also prohibited in some buildings and on some college campuses. You can take a stun gun on most commercial airlines. However, stun guns are illegal to carry in some countries. When you are traveling, either at home or abroad, it is advisable to check the stun gun laws at your destination before you pack your electroshock self-defense device.
Stun Guns are Weapons
While a stun gun is far less likely to cause permanent harm than a pistol, they are still weapons. Although it is rare, stun guns have caused fatalities. If you don’t like the idea of carrying a weapon, you might prefer a personal alarm or pepper spray for your self-defense.
Stun guns and other electroshock stun devices are very effective self-defense devices. They do, though, have the drawbacks that we discussed above. If you do buy a stun gun, it is important that you make sure that it is legal to own one in your region. It is also important that you only use a stun gun in an emergency. Improper use of an electric shock device could land you in a lot of trouble.
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