Volume 20, Issue 4 (October 1975)
Accidental Death with Tear Gas Pen Gun: A Case Report
National attention has recently been drawn to the increasing use of tear gas pen guns . The Federal Aviation Administration was reported to have seized an estimated 3000 to 5000 of these weapons from persons boarding aircraft. Most of these seized weapons were reported to have been converted to fire regular ammunition. The use of tear gas pen guns as firearms of different caliber has been previously described by Stahl and Davis . A significant hazard potential exists for the carrier of such a weapon as well as for those around him, as will be demonstrated in the case presented in this article.