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How Tasers Work: Questions and Answers About the Weapons City Police Will Start Using

2023-05-29T15:52:53.150Z

Highlights: The Taser is a "non-lethal" electroshock weapon that, when in contact with a person, temporarily incapacitates them. This is possible by firing electrified darts that paralyze for a while the muscular mechanisms of the body. Each weapon has 5 rounds of cartridges of 7.5 meters range. They are quick-loading and are replaced once they are used in each gun. In addition, the Tasers work in conjunction with a camera that the police officer must wear in his vest.


60 were acquired with an option to buy another 30. They cause a non-lethal electric shock and have a camera that films the operations.


The Taser is a "non-lethal" electroshock weapon that, when in contact with a person, temporarily incapacitates them. This is possible by firing electrified darts that paralyze for a while the muscular mechanisms of the body. This is how the controversial pistols are presented, as announced on Monday by the Buenos Aires Government, once members of the City Police are trained, they will begin to be used.

Subject to political differences, its entry was raised for the first time when Mauricio Macri was head of government, although they were already contemplated in a previous law. The initiative generated rejection from Kirchnerism and human rights organizations and the Justice stopped its implementation. Until this year, when it was unlocked.

How they will be used

From the Buenos Aires Government reported that training will begin at the Higher Institute of Public Security, with a course for 10 instructors and another for 240 agents who will be trained as operators.

As for the protocol of use, it was also confirmed that in the first instance there will be two mobile Tasers in each of the 15 Communes and the rest will be distributed among the personnel who serve in
places of high circulation, such as subways and tourist trails.

This is how the Tasers that the City Police will begin to use work.

The police, according to sources from the Buenos Aires Ministry of Security, are going to work in pairs. Both will carry the Taser and the service weapon. The goal, they said, is that they "can act proportionately according to aggression."

How they work

Each weapon has 5 rounds of cartridges of 7.5 meters range. They are quick-loading and are replaced once they are used in each gun. In addition, they have a battery that has capacity for 500 uses. According to official figures, each pistol has a cost of US $ 1,674. While each cartridge costs $ 137.

Once charged, the device is placed in the police officer's cartridge case. In addition, it has an insurance that prevents its use in the case of being blocked.

According to the protocol of use, once the police officer gives the voice of stop, the Taser also has a warning system prior to the shot with a laser light that is reflected on the body of the person to whom it is intended to reduce.

In addition, the Tasers work in conjunction with a camera that the police officer must wear in his vest and is activated automatically when the use of the gun is activated. Thus, the device films in HD all the actions of the agent.

When the trigger is pulled, the taser releases darts connected to a cable that dig into the clothing or skin of the person it seeks to reduce. They emit a 400-volt shock that causes contraction in the muscles and immobilizes the person for several seconds and generates what they call "a window of opportunity" for the troops to reduce the person.

According to specialists, the "ideal" range of use is between 2 and 7.5 meters of range that each shot has.

This is how the Tasers that the City Police will begin to use work.

Those acquired by the Ministry of Security are the X2 model. And a few months ago it was confirmed that the national security forces also began a purchase process to have these devices.


Similar weapons are used in at least 107 countries, including Canada, Norway, Poland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, Costa Rica, United Kingdom, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia, among others.

"It will be used in places with a large concentration of people, such as subway stations, train stations, and there will also be two mobile groups in each of the communes that will assist in an emergency," said the minister of the area, Eugenio Burzaco, adding: "What is tried with these weapons is to reduce a person who can be in a crime situation without using a firearm. . The alternative of a Taser is a firearm that is lethal to one victim and can be lethal to a third."

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