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Law enforcement began its search for an effective, safe, less than lethal weapon in 1985 as a result of a landmark Supreme Court ruling in Tennessee v. Garner. The Court ruled that the use of deadly force to apprehend an unarmed, non-violent suspect was an unreasonable seizure under the Fourth Amendment.

Today, it is estimated that the Less Than Lethal Weapons / Non Lethal Weapons Market is over $800 million annually.

 
     
 
     
  Stun Gun
M-26 advanced Taser fires two probes up to 21 ft. using a replaceable air cartridge. The probes are connected to the weapon by high voltage insulated wire. When the probes make contact with the target’s body, through up to two inches of clothes, The EMD causes uncontrollable contraction of muscle tissue and results in physical debilitation.

Price $800.00 per unit (quantity dependant)
Largest Manufacturer Taser International, Inc. Nasdaq:TASR 

(source US Department of Justice non-lethal Weapons Report Oct. 2004)
     
  Dissuader Laser Illuminator
Handheld Laser “flashlight” generates an extremely bright beam of red light. The light, dissuades adversaries by temporarily blinding them

Approximate cost $2,795 - $5,000 Manufacturer SEA Technology
(source US Department of Justice non-lethal Weapons Report Oct. 2004)
     
  Pepper Spray
Individual riot control agent dispenser contains an all natural water based irritant consisting of (oleoresin capscicum) pepper spray and can deliver twenty 1 second bursts out to 15 ft. primarily riot control/crowd control

Price $7.95 Manufacturer Defense Technology Corp.
(source US Department of Justice non-lethal Weapons Report Oct. 2004)