CAN FUGITIVE RECOVERY AGENTS USE
BEAN BAG ROUNDS FOR BOUNTY HUNTING?
Opinion Editorial by Rex Venator
Bean Bag Stun Guns conjure up horror
stories from bean bag shotgun rounds that have a ghastly track record of
negative press irrespective of the conditions at the time law enforcement
engaged a suspect with what is commonly called “less than lethal” use of force options.
In the film “The Hunter” starring Steve McQueen who plays legendary bounty
hunter Ralph “Papa” Thorson, McQueen
is seen utilizing a “Prowler Fouler” bean bag stun gun intended to “incapacitate” a bail jumper long enough to handcuff the bail jumper.
A government report details a series of
protracted tests conducted on the Prowler Fouler and its pros and cons with
swine and baboon test subjects and resulted in kinetic and pounds per square
inch findings near identical to modern-day equivalents that resulted in an
expansive range of post impact results ranging from annoyed test subjects to
instantly killed subjects and with moderately to severely injured test subjects
The tests show that the variables of
charges used, temperature, distance between the Prowler Fouler and the test
subjects and actual impact sites directly, and, more importantly, indirectly had insidious effects inside
the animal test subjects.
Researchers coined the expression the “Liver
Phenomenon” indicating that internal organ damage, specifically the
liver of test subjects, were mildly to severely damaged and in such a way and
manner as to be seemingly and wholly unrelated to the strength of the load used
and the actual impact sites that oftentimes showed no signs of trauma to the
Injuries to test subjects ranged from
recoverable organ damage to concussions and to lead shot impact fractured bones
that pierced vital organs resulting in inevitable and even instant death.
This author believes that the bean bag
stun gun may be a viable Self-Defense tool but not as an offensive tool and
only to be used in a way and manner that is consistent with current court
holdings on what constitutes the justifiable use of force or what is today
being referred to as the “Quantum of
Here we arrive at what may be the more
accurate set of questions: should bounty hunters use any type of bean bag
round; should bean bag rounds be used with no training; what are the legal
authorities for deploying a bean bag round; what is the liability associated
with the improper employment of a bean bag stun gun such as the fabled Prowler
Quantum of Force tests, minimum safe
distances, and “red zones” are
hyper-critical to test and establish by and through protracted study, unbiased
findings, and all of which to be done before exposing bounty hunters to the
technological and reasonable person test parameters that are all consistent
with current court holdings or dictum insofar that the legal authorities for
deploying a bean bag “payload” within
the current scope and meaning of the justifiable use of force is
unconditionally compulsory to protect fugitive recovery agents, bail agency
contractors, and property and casualty sureties from wholly unnecessary
incidents that could be easily avoided or remedied by and through proper use of
force continuum training by a California Department of Insurance bail training
school such as Bailspeak.
Perhaps a better question is, “Should
bounty hunters carry bean bag rounds?”
The aforementioned opinions are those of
the author and only expresses personal opinions separate and apart from
Bailspeak, its subsidiaries, airs, and sister companies and corporations and is
only for educational purposes consistent with First Amendment Expression.
Rex Venator is a
published author and administrative editor
of the Adventure Trades news message
Can Bounty Hunters Carry and Use “Less-than-Lethal”
Devices such as Bean Bag Rounds Fired from a 12 Gauge Shotgun or Bean Bag Stun
Gun? Please Scroll Down to Study some
very Interesting Government Findings.
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