TRENTON ? Legislation sponsored by Senator John A. Girgenti to allow county or municipal law enforcement officers to use stun guns while on duty was approved by the Senate Law, Public Safety and Veterans? Affairs Committee today.
?The use of non-lethal means to subdue prisoners or for crowd control has often been controversial, but there are times when law enforcement needs to temporarily incapacitate people so that they can protect others,? said Senator Girgenti, D-Bergen and Passaic and Chairman of the panel. ?Stun guns, pepper spray, tear gas, rubber bullets and the old fashioned night stick are examples of non-lethal weapons employed by police and military organizations around the world. With proper training, law enforcement officers could properly utilize these tools and be able to quickly retain order when dangerous situations erupt.?