Big Island police recovered two electronic stun devices from a vendor at the Maku'u Farmers Market on Sunday morning and have initiated a criminal investigation into violations of laws specific to electric guns, possession and sale.
Devices that were recovered had the appearance of a cellular phone. Police received additional information that other devices previously displayed had the appearance of a Maglite-type flashlight.
Police remind the public that the possession, sale, gift or delivery of electric guns/devices is illegal under section 134-16 of the Hawai'i Revised Statutes and is a misdemeanor offense.
The definition of an "electric gun" means any portable device that is electrically operated to project a missile or electromotive force. Persons who may have purchased such a device are advised to destroy the item or turn it in to the nearest police station for recovery and destruction.
Use of an electronic gun on another person, by anyone other than a law enforcement officer in the lawful course of duties, would fall under the assault section of the Hawai'i Revised Statutes.
Police ask anyone with information about other vendors selling similar devices to report this to the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.