- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut legislature has approved a measure requiring a model policy be drafted establishing guidelines for the use of stun guns by police.

The Senate voted 35-1 Wednesday, following House approval last week. The bill heads to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Republican Sen. Jason Welch cast the sole opposing vote. He says it would limit a police officer’s use of stun guns and that the weapons are safe and reduce incidents of injury and death.

State Police and municipal police are required to adopt a written policy by Jan. 31, 2015, that meets or exceeds a model policy. Officers also must document their use of the weapons.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut says 14 people have died in the state since 2005 following police use of stun guns.

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