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New Vermont Law Requires Enhanced Stun Gun Training

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A new Vermont law calls for enhanced police training on the use of stun guns.

Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the bill into law Tuesday, nearly two years after 39-year-old MacAdam Mason, of Thetford, died of heart failure after being struck in the chest by a state trooper's stun gun.

The law requires the creation of a policy on how and when the device should be used, which will be adopted by police departments.

It says officers may use a stun gun only against people who are exhibiting active aggression or who are actively resisting in ways that are likely to harm themselves or others.

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