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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02297: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 2 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of comments made in The Press and Journal on 2 September 2016 by David Hamilton that “if we [police officers] had something (a taser) that did not look like a gun, it might be more acceptable", what plans are there to introduce tasers that do not resemble a firearm.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 27 September 2016

The deployment of tasers is an operational matter for the Chief Constable of Police Scotland. The specific make and model available must be approved by the Home Secretary.