Stun gun sales to students surge with new law

by: Tom Regan Updated:

COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Georgia college students are snapping up Tasers and other stun guns after a law took effect that allows students and faculty to carry electronic shock weapons on campus.

Adventure Outdoors, a hunting and camping supply store in Smyrna, told Channel 2’s Tom Regan sales have doubled in recent weeks.

“We had to place a large order, because they were selling out. More people are coming in and buying these. A lot of fathers are buying them for their daughters and ladies who go to Georgia State, Kennesaw State, UGA and Georgia Tech,” said store manager Eric Wallace.

The law on electronic shock weapons is sometimes referred to as “campus carry lite.” It was seen as a compromise on legislation vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal that would have allowed students to carry concealed weapons on campus.

High-powered stun guns can deliver a disabling shock to an assailant. Some weapons generate millions of volts in a quick burst.

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“If you hold it to them for a second or two, it can knock them to the ground for a few seconds so you can get away,” said Wallace.

Some students at Kennesaw State University support the electroshock-weapons carry law.

“I think it’s an excellent idea. It’s a nonlethal solution. Kind of a compromise for campus carry and I think it’s going to make our campus a lot safer,” said student Aaron Leix.

Kennesaw State is now posting information about the new weapons law and policies surrounding the law on the university website.