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Police Seize Illegal Electric Stun Guns at Puna Market

June 30, 2014, 6:51 PM HST
* Updated June 30, 6:53 PM
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Police seized two illegal electronic stun devices from a vendor at Puna’s Maku`u Farmers Market on Sunday.

Police have initiated a criminal investigation into the matter, and are reminding the public that possession and sale or other delivery of an electric gun is prohibited by state law.

The devices recovered Sunday were similar in appearance to a cellular phone,  police said.

Police have received information that other devices previously displayed were similar to a Maglight flashlight.

The definition of an “electric gun” means any portable device that is electrically operated to project a missile or electromotive force.

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Under state law, use of an electric gun on another person by anyone other than a law enforcement officer in the lawful course of duties is considered assault.

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Persons who may have purchased such a device are advised to destroy the item or turn it in to the nearest police station.

Police ask anyone with information about other vendors selling similar devices to call the department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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