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Iowa Panel Oks Stun Gun Training Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa law enforcement officers would be required to complete standardized training before being outfitted with stun guns under a bill approved by a legislative panel.
A three-member subcommittee unanimously approved the bill Monday, and the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to take up the proposal Tuesday.
The state doesn't now have standardized training for stun guns. The bill would order the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy to establish rules for using the devices and to design a safety course that addresses when it's appropriate to use stun guns.
Officers would need to complete training before using the weapons.
Democratic Sen. Thomas Courtney, the subcommittee chairman, says such training would ensure all law enforcement officers are on the same page.
Agencies now rely on manufacturers for limited training.

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