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You might know them as stun guns, but tasers are making their way into local police agencies as an alternative to using a gun or excess force.

Tuesday, tasers, which are a non-lethal deterrent to fight crime, were demonstrated before Belpre's City Council. The Police Department already has two tasers and more of the shocking devices could be part of their arsenal.

The taser current stuns skeletal muscles without affecting brain waves. Each taser runs around $800. Belpre city officials are looking into whether purchasing the stun guns will fit into their budget.