New Zealand police units have a new weapon for their arsenal – a gun that fires sponge bullets.
The XM-1006 sponge gun is fired from a gas launcher and has a range of about 30 metres.
The guns can be used at extremely close range and have a high density sponge nose which doesn’t go into skin like a bullet does.
Being hit by a sponge round does cause pain, bruising and abrasions, but the risk of serious or life-threatening injury is extremely low.
The sponge round will be available to Armed Offenders Squads in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
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