Licence to sell taser guns to British police under scrutiny

originally by: Sky News
14th February 2011

The Home Secretary is being asked why her department was apparently unaware of links between the new supplier – TSR Ltd – and the firm stripped of its licence to sell Tasers last year. Sky News has discovered that the men in charge of the two firms jointly own a third company, G3i Ltd, which has played a key role in selling millions of pounds worth of Tasers since 2002.

A spokesman for the Home Office admitted it was not aware of G3i or of its joint ownership until Sky News alerted them to it last week – but he refused to elaborate.

Dr Julian Huppert MP, a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, has said he is “very concerned” about Sky’s findings. “In light of this new information, I will be writing to the Home Secretary to raise this issue,” he said.

The original supplier of Tasers, Pro-Tect Systems lost its licence after delivering untested X12 shotguns to police officers who then fired them at fugitive Raoul Moat in Rothbury.

The high-powered yellow and black X12 Taser shotgun fires a barbed electronic XREP projectile over long distances and can stun its target for 20 seconds.

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