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Taser International will move into production on a projectile that can disable someone up to 98 feet away with a quick blast of electricity.

The company has successfully completed tests with the Office of Naval Research on the Extended Range Electro-Muscular Projectile (XREP). Unlike current Taser guns, this projectile is fired out of a shotgun. When it strikes a target, the projectile transmits a jolt of electricity, and a second round can then be fired.

In current Taser guns, the projectile has the same function, but it is connected to the gun and a power pack with a wire, limiting the range to 25 feet. XREPs are wireless.

The electrical jolt in wired Taser weapons is generally powerful enough to knock a person over and make him or her writhe in pain. Although the company did not state the size of the charge that XREPs release, testers said it was powerful enough for crowd control.

"The effect locked up muscles and totally overwhelmed the senses," said Stephen Kunich, with Air Force Air Combat Command Security Forces and one of 35 volunteers who lined up for a five-second test. "I was completely incapacitated. Additionally, I was amazed at the instantaneous physical recovery," he said.

Taser has been embroiled in controversy for the past few years. Many civil liberties organizations believe that the weapons have led to several deaths, despite being billed as nonlethal. The company denies these claims and asserts that the weapons lead to fewer fatalities, because they give police an alternative to using a gun in many circumstances.

A formal product launch of the XREPs will occur next year.

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Ban Tasers. Use Real Guns. It's Safer.
Stupid retard journalists. They'd rather people "talk" to the psychopath wielding a knife or gun. And ******** limpwrist forbid if anyone's allowed to use a non-lethal tool to defend themself.
Posted by kamwmail-cnet1 (292 comments )
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I'm so glad I'm from Europe...
... at least when I read comments like that.
Judging from the degree nuclear armament and insanely liberal gun
policies, the U.S. must be one of the most barbaric and violent
countries in the world.
Posted by Jesper Josefsson (3 comments )
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technology spreads
In a matter of months, if not already, sociopaths (other than the rare policeman sociopath) will have and use this technology. Enjoy it, you virile guy.
Posted by virtdave (5 comments )
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TASER's + German Chocolate Cake
DO I bake a german chocolate cake for my rapist who TASER's me before or after I'm electrified by his, unhemm, "non-weapon." Please let me know so I can preheat the oven. Valerie Michelle.
Posted by ValerieMichelle (1 comment )
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1) It is a fundamental biological fact that the human body can be incapacitated by electrical shock
2) Electrical shocking devices can easily be built from spare parts. A $1 television flyback transformer will do the job.
3) Anything can can be made and sold will be.
4) Making things that are easy to build illegal ensures that only criminals will have them.
5) People who are armed don't get raped. Buy a taser and live in peace.

Si vis pacem, para bellum
Posted by mbstrebe (1 comment )
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yes, technology spreads, but..
yes, technology spreads, but i'd rather they have tasers than guns!

This comparison is ridiculous, cops are more likely to use tasers than guns because they are 'less than lethal'. Anytime they fire their gun, it's because they are ready to kill, they are NOT going to be aiming at your legs or arms.

of course there are examples of misuse of tasers, but any population of any group can misuse their tools.
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