Taser maker halts plans for drone as 9 on ethics board resign


WASHINGTON (AP) — The company best known for developing the Taser says it’s halting plans to develop a Taser-equipped drone.

The decision by Axon comes as a majority of its ethics board resigned over the project.

Axon CEO Rick Smith says last week’s announcement about the drone was designed to initiate a conversation about a potential solution after 19 children and two adults were killed in an elementary school in Ulvalde, Texas.

But Smith said Axon would pause its work after a backlash from the public and the ethics board.

Nine members of the board said Monday they’re resigning over Smith’s decision to press forward with his announcement about the project despite their concerns.

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