Iowa Senate OKs Stun Gun Training Standardization

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Senate says Iowa law enforcement officers should go through standardized training before being allowed to use stun guns.

The Senate unanimously approved a bill Monday to regulate usage of the devices. The legislation now goes to the House.

The bill would require the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy to establish rules for the use of stun guns and develop a safety course. It also would require law enforcement agencies to conduct an annual review of stun gun use. There currently is no uniform training for the devices.

Sen. Thomas Courtney, a Democrat from Burlington, sponsored the bill. He says the measure is not intended to take stun guns away from law enforcement officers, but rather to ensure that they are being used safely.

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