Columbia voters reject proposal to ban Tasers

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Columbia voters soundly rejected a proposal to ban the use of Tasers and similar weapons.

The proposed ban failed Tuesday by a 77 percent to 23 percent margin. The vote means police and private citizens will be able to use the weapons for self-defense.

Supporters worked to get the ban on the ballot since summer 2008, when a 23-year-old Moberly man died after he was shocked by police with a stun gun for allegedly resisting arrest.

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