Guns

Requested ban on the sale of stun guns

Islamabad: People from different walks of life have demanded a complete ban on the sale of stun guns on the open market, which may pose an entirely new threat to residents of the capital.

According to the details, traders and vendors are selling stun guns/Tasers at prices ranging from Rs3,000 to Rs6,000 depending on the quality of the product. Atif Bashir, an electrical engineer, said: “The powerful stun gun emits powerful 5,000 volts of electricity when fired. This impulse is like touching a high-powered electric fence. You can imagine the jolt this will give anyone. If the shock continues for 2 seconds or more, the person will lose muscle control and collapse.

He said: “The crime rate is already quite high and we see criminals and miscreants looting people at gunpoint. But when they have stun guns, they will pose a new challenge and use them for crimes.

Stun guns and Tasers are handy self-defense weapons that fit easily into most bags and pockets. These are considered the best option against criminals. But if criminals start using them against citizens, it can create an unfortunate situation for the relevant authorities.

Imrana Yaqoob, a resident of Islamabad, said, “Ensuring the safety of residents is one of the primary responsibilities of government. But if residents start using equipment like stun guns to defend themselves, it will also create threats for them. Other people, especially criminals, can also use these weapons against them.

She said: “A lot of people, including women, come to trails and parks that have been set up to walk or hike. The culture of using sophisticated devices like stun guns cannot be a good option for self-defense.