State Senator to Review Law Enforcement Stun Gun Training
One state senator says he wants to make sure Iowa law enforcement officers are getting adequate training on using stun guns. Burlington Senator Tom Courtney plans to investigate the rules for stun gun use during the legislative session that begins today, and will ask Iowa's public safety commissioner to answer lawmakers' questions. More than 265 Iowa law enforcement agencies currently use stun guns, but they rely on the device's manufacturer to provide instructions on its use. That training doesn't address when it's ethical or appropriate to use a stun gun. The Iowa Department of Public Safety is nearing a decision on whether state patrol officers should carry the devices.