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Police in Iceland testing stun guns

The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police is currently trying out stun guns that can send electric waves up to 10 meters. The electric waves disturb the target’s muscle and nerve system so he or she collapses to the ground.

The target remains motionless and in pain for a few seconds, but apparently the stun guns do not cause any permanent damage to the muscle or nerve system. The guns are equipped with a video and audio recording system, which helps prevent abuse of the weapon, Bladid reports.

“We are examining the advantages and disadvantages of these weapons, among other things to see whether they improve the working environment of police officers,” said the Assistant National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, Páll Winkel.

“We are testing how the guns work and we receive information from abroad about the dangers that come with them and will thereafter determine whether it is natural and necessary that police in Iceland use such weapons,” Winkel added.

“We will not take a decision until doctors have estimated the effects of being hit with electric waves,” Winkel said, denying that testing stun guns has anything to do with criminals carrying weapons in higher numbers than they used to.

“Finns have been using this equipment and the police in many of our neighboring nations are considering doing the same. We simply want to follow developments that are taking place elsewhere,” Winkel concluded.

Sveinn Ingiberg Magnússon, head of the National Association of Police Officers in Iceland, said he would be pleased if police officers in Iceland would be permitted to use stun guns.

“Criminals are better armed than what they used to and we have to review how to prepare police officers for a changed reality,” Magnússon said.

According to Bladid, Amnesty International claims that since 2001, 245 deaths can be traced back to the use of stun guns.

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