Iowa Stun Gun Rules, Training to be Examined

Representatives listen to closing remarks in the Iowa House during the final day of the Iowa legislative session, Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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By Katie Stinson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - One state senator wants to make sure Iowa law enforcement officers are getting adequate training on using stun guns.

The Des Moines Register reports Sen. Tom Courtney of Burlington plans to investigate the rules for stun gun use during the legislative session that begins Monday.

Courtney says he will ask Iowa's public safety commissioner to come 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.

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