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Stun-gun firm hit by profit slump
Officer with Taser gun
Taser stun guns are used by police forces in Britain
Stun-gun maker Taser International has seen its profits virtually wiped out during the final three months of 2005.

The US firm said its fourth quarter income fell to $92,697 (53,287), from $4.7m in the same period a year ago.

Taser has been fighting legal cases alleging that its weapons - used by police forces across the world - have caused accidental deaths.

The firm denies the allegations. Taser said its annual net income dropped to $1m in 2005, from $18.9m in 2004.

A formal investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission into claims about the safety of Taser's guns ended in December last year with a recommendation that no action be taken.

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