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4/9/2014 9:01:00 AM
Stun guns are not just for police use
Mel Rouse, office manager at Autoworks, holds one of the stun guns, but said she does not like to demonstrate it.
Trib Photo/Sue Tone
Mel Rouse, office manager at Autoworks, holds one of the stun guns, but said she does not like to demonstrate it.
Trib Photo/Sue Tone

Sue Tone

They come in pink or black and fit in the palm of a hand. They could chase off unwelcome animals and humans.

Terry Collins peddles the stun guns to local retail businesses. He finds the non-lethal weapon attracts both male and female buyers.

Collins, a self-described professional sales person living in Prescott Valley, contacted several Prescott Valley businesses to see if there was any interest in carrying the item. While police stun guns shoot out probes, these models do not.

"It's a deterrent," Collins said about the small object that emits a loud "sizzle" sound in addition to an electric shock. "It's real popular with people who walk dogs or ladies who walk to their cars at night. It's in your hand, not in your purse or pocket."

John Lonas, owner of Autoworks, offers the stun guns for sale at his store.

"The guns give a good jolt of electricity," Lonas said.

He should know; he tried one on himself.

"Just the noise is enough to deter people," he said, adding that his office manager, Mel Rouse, and his dog, Whiskey, object to the noise when he demonstrates the item.

The stun gun comes with a handy carrying case that can be strapped to a belt, and also is a working flashlight. They retail for $19.99.

Collins said stores that cater to outdoor sports, hunting or ATVs, carry the item which can intimidate unwanted wildlife such as javelina.

"If someone or something approaches, you push the slide button up and hit the round button and it makes that spark sound, a loud sizzle sound. It makes animals and people want to go bother someone else," he said. "If someone were to grab hold of you, you have to touch it to them. In three to five seconds, they will fall down. That gives you a chance to get away."

He said setting off the stun gun with its forceful noise sends the message "don't come any closer, I'm prepared and ready."

His biggest client is a dry cleaning business in a west Phoenix retirement community where the average customer is 80 years old. But he finds ATV dealers sell "a ton of them."

"At the auto repair shops, they usually sell to guys who give them as presents to girlfriends or wives," Collins said.

Those interested in carrying the stun gun in their business can reach Collins at terrylcollins.tlc@gmail.com.

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