Florida law enforcement officers will be restricted to using Taser guns on individuals they are arresting and who have the ability to harm the officer, or others or who are running away, under a bill Gov. Jeb Bush signed this week, the Palm Beach Post reports. The law requires that officers undergo training before using the stun guns, which deliver a 50,000-volt shock.
Officers must be trained on the effects of the guns, which have been associated with more than 100 deaths nationwide, most after victims have been shot repeatedly. Human rights advocates and scientists fear the guns could be dangerous when used on pregnant women, children, the elderly, those with heart or neurological conditions, and people high on certain drugs.