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Quebec orders police to turn in Tasers

The Quebec government is gradually pulling all its Taser stun guns off the street for testing after new lab results revealed problems with some of the weapons.

The Quebec government found problems with five Taser X26 stun guns, sparking a provincewide recall of the weapons. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

The Quebec government found problems with five Taser X26 stun guns, sparking a provincewide recall of the weapons. (Canadian Press)

Quebec was the first province to order testing of the stun guns after a CBC/Radio-Canada investigation showed some used by Canadian police did not meet the manufacturer’s specifications.

The province sent 52 stun guns made before 2005 to an independent lab for testing. Five of them performed outside normal range.

With the results in hand, Quebec Public Security Minister Jacques Dupuis ordered all of the province’s police departments to send their Taser stun guns to the lab for testing. The recall affects 167 weapons.

“I want the experts to check those guns. If they are malfunctioning, they should be taken out [of use],” Dupuis said Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

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