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Stun Guns Approved for Self-Defense

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The North Dakota legislature just overwhelmingly approved a measure that would allow you to legally carry a stun gun for defensive purposes.

Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman looked into what that means for you.

"I always tell my daughter, your only goal if you're attacked is to survive and how you survive is entirely up to you," Pat Claus, Fargo Police Lieutenant, said.

When law enforcement is giving you fatherly advice, you know to take self-defense seriously.

"Because if you survive," Claus said, "you won. That's the goal."

But if that means administering an electric shock, you could be taking the North Dakota legislature's advice.

Representatives voted to remove stun guns from the state's list of dangerous weapons you need a permit to carry.

"It's still, by definition, a dangerous weapon. It's been exempted for concealed carry," Claus said.

Although, you don't need a permit to buy one.

Don Fischer, owner of The Spy Shop in South Fargo, says his customers have reason to protect themselves.

"They're working at the hospital or a restaurant or a bar, or they're walking home from the mall and they just want something to hold on to because it's not as safe around here as it was 30 years ago," Fischer said.

But, thousands of volts of electric shock running through your body can do some serious damage.

So, if you're going to carry one on you make sure you know how it works, you can get to it easily and you can use it under pressure.

"Used in the right circumstances it's a lifesaver, used in the wrong circumstances or for the wrong reasons or purpose it's a device that will cause people pain and is a crime," Claus said.

Before the bill becomes law, it's going to need the signature of Governor Jack Dalrymple. Then, it would go into effect August 1.

Until then, you must have a concealed weapons permit for it.

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