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Stun guns are considered a non-lethal self defense weapon. They work by interrupting the electrical signals generated naturally by the body. Essentially, the stun gun sends an electrical charge through the body that is enough to cause confusion but not enough to cause injury to the body (unless used incorrectly). Brief exposure to the electrical charge can cause muscle spasms that essentially weaken the attacker leaving them unable to pursue their victim temporarily. Like any other self defense weapon, a stun gun should only be used in situations where you feel threatened.