How To Make a Stun Gun With a Disposable Camera This is the guide to make a device which runs on a battery and produces sparks at tens of thousands of volts very rapidly. DO NOT use this for any other reason then self defense. A stun gun is a very handy thing to have …
The US Supreme Court has vacated a Massachusetts court ruling that had declared stun guns and other non-lethal weapons are not protected under the Second Amendment.
The high court’s ruling was a win for owners of such weapons, although the court – technically — did not overturn the law.
The case involved Massachusetts resident Jaime Caetano, a single mother who started carrying a stun gun for protection after her ex-boyfriend injured her so badly she ended up in the hospital. When police discovered that Caetano was carrying the weapon, she was arrested for violating a state law that bans private ownership. Her attorneys filed a lawsuit and when they lost at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, they took their case to the US Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court issued a page and a half unanimous ruling calling the Massachusetts court’s decision “inconsistent” with the Supreme Court’s Heller decision protecting individual gun rights. The Supreme Court sent the case back to the Massachusetts court for “further proceedings.”
But Justice Samuel Alito, with Justice Clarence Thomas joining him, said the court should have overturned the law. Their 10-page opinion raised the prospect that the law would have been overturned if Justice Antonin Scalia had not died. The court currently has only eight members.
“Electronic stun guns are no more exempt from the Second Amendment’s protections, simply because they were unknown to the First Congress, than electronic communications are exempt from the First Amendment, or electronic imaging devices are exempt from the Fourth Amendment,” Alito wrote.
Alito in his Monday opinion added that the Massachusetts court’s “reasoning defies our decision in Heller, which rejected as ‘bordering on the frivolous’ the argument ‘that only those arms in existence in the 18th century are protected by the Second Amendment.’
“While stun guns were not in existence at the end of the 18th century, the same is true for the weapons most commonly used today for self-defense, namely, revolvers and semiautomatic pistols,” Alito noted. “Revolvers were virtually unknown until well into the 19th century, and semiautomatic pistols were not invented until near the end of that century.”
Alito criticized the Massachusetts law for making it difficult for residents to protect themselves.
“By arming herself, Caetano was able to protect against a physical threat that restraining orders had proved useless to prevent,” Alito and Thomas wrote. And, commendably, she did so by using a weapon that posed little, if any, danger of permanently harming either herself or the father of her children.”
“Under Massachusetts law, however, Caetano’s mere possession of the stun gun that may have saved her life made her a criminal.”
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The US Supreme Court may take up a case soon that could lead to citizens being banned from owning stun guns and other non-lethal self-defense weapons.
At issue is a case called Caetano v. Massachusetts, in which Massachusetts’ highest court ruled that the Second Amendment right to bear arms does not apply to non-lethal weapons and that the state’s ban on them could stand. That case involved Jaime Caetano, a woman who was carrying a stun gun in her purse for protection from an abusive ex-boyfriend. The ruling was appealed to the Supreme Court, which has yet to determine if it will hear it.
The fact that a different court – the Michigan Court of Appeals – ruled that stun guns are protected under the Second Amendment only increases the chances the case will be heard. The Supreme Court is more likely to hear a case if there are divided rulings in lower courts.
The US Supreme Court has never ruled on whether the Second Amendment applies to non-lethal weapons like pepper spray and stun guns. In Massachusetts, even law-abiding citizens can face criminal charges for carrying a stun gun.
“The ability to possess a stun gun instead of a handgun is an important aspect of the right to keep and bear arms,” Caetano’s attorneys wrote in an appeal to the US Supreme Court. “Some people have religious or ethical compunctions about killing. Other religious and philosophical traditions, such as Judaism and Catholicism, believe that defenders ought to use the least violence necessary.”
The attorneys also noted that there are cases when less-lethal force is preferable.
“Still others might be reluctant to kill a particular potential attacker, for instance when a woman does not want to kill an abusive ex-husband because she does not want to have to explain to her children that she killed their father, even in self-defense,” the attorneys wrote. “Some might fear owning a gun because it might be misused by their children or by a suicidal roommate.”
The Massachusetts law, the brief said, deprives citizens of choice.
“Some people who do own guns may prefer to own both a firearm and a stun gun, so that they can opt for a nonlethal response whenever possible, resorting to lethal force only when absolutely necessary,” the attorneys wrote.
Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island all have laws against the ownership of at least one type of non-lethal weapon.
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First, the specifications:
- Powerful Stun Gun, powerful is an understatement, coming in at 53 million volts
- A Built In Rechargeable LED Flashlight (Excellent Feature)
- Convenient Size (6.5″ x 2″ x 1″)
- Snatch Prevention
Should an assailant try to snatch the device from you, the shock plates on the side of the unit will also deliver a high voltage shock, keep in mind the shock plates can zap you as well, so you do have to pay attention
- Ultra-Sharp Spike Electrodes helps penetrate through thick clothing
- Internal Rechargeable Battery, and this means you likely would never have to replace the battery
- Non-Slip Rubber Coating
- Lifetime Warranty
Do not, I repeat do not test this on yourself, on your friends, family members or your dog or cat.
Okay I put in the disclaimer, but I am sure some of you will just have to try it out, do so at your own risk however, and remember when someone is stunned by an electrical shock they have no control over their body.
They will drop with no hands out to control the fall, face first or not, they cannot break their fall, so injuries can occur. Obviously you wouldn’t care about this if attacked, but when testing the device, you do have to ensure the test subject has a safe landing.
A stun gun is considered a non-lethal self defense device, and it works by disrupting the communications between the brain and body muscles. The shock interrupts neurological impulses, which control voluntary muscle movement. It does not cause permanent damage to the body however. One zap and a person will drop like a sack of cement.
As with any device of this nature make sure you keep this stun gun away from children.
The pointed probes can cause small burns on the skin at the contact points, however, the points do allow for penetration through heavy clothing, so this is an excellent feature on this device.
To test, trigger the device, an electrical arc should appear between the two probes. It is working if you see the arc, no need to tap your leg or arm to verify. A one second burst is all that you need to ensure the device is working. Once you have tested it, recharge the device. Recharge at least once a month for about an hour to ensure the device is always fully charged.
The instructions state that firing repeatedly can shorten the stun gun’s life. Test occasionally, but do not activate the device just to hear the crackle of voltage, and by the way, the noise itself is enough of a deterrent for some run off and seek an easier target. Charge it and then carry or store for use. Once the stun gun is fully charged remove from the included charger.
A stun gun is not something you would use every day or ever in some cases, so you can expect this device will be dependable and ready to use for years to come.
Some people have stated they have used a stun gun to break up a dog fight, or to stop an attack against themselves by a dog or other animals. This is your choice, of course. If you fear for your life, or feel you may be seriously injured I would use whatever means are available to prevent that from happening.
The ViperTek VTS-989 – 53,000,000 Volt Heavy Duty Stun Gun is priced right and it does work, believe me, I know, nothing like the voice of experience.
It is an excellent personal defense tool and at this price you should have one in your purse, pocket, briefcase, glove box, and one at home. Remember it does have a flashlight attached, so use it when walking up to the front door at night, and always have it at the ready when leaving a store at night. If you get in the habit of using it as a flashlight the stun gun will always be ready to use if someone steps out of the shadows. One touch and they go down, giving you time to escape the area.
The flashlight is not a spotlight, so do not expect it will light up the parking lot. It is ideal however, for lighting a bit of the path in front of you, good for helping drivers spot you if walking your dog along a roadway, or to help you to find keys and to find the key slots on door locks.
Carry the ViperTek VTS-989 – 53,000,000 Volt Heavy Duty Stun Gun while jogging, walking the dog, grocery shopping or carry it anywhere and have one by the front door to grab if you must answer the door. It comes with an attached wrist band, so it is easy to carry when walking. Again, when walking at night use the stun gun as a flashlight so it is in your hands, and at the ready.
Fifty three million volts will drop anyone, so no matter who comes at you they will go dark for a few minutes giving you time to get away to a safe place to dial 911. Do not stick around to see how they are feeling. Some can recover faster than others after being stunned so don’t dilly dally in the area.
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