Out next year: http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996014 Only a 3 meter range and tabletop sized for the early versions (right, who's carrying that then? Will it run on 349 batteries? How many will I need to charge?! . The usual groups seem worried about innocents getting 'hurt' but it's got to be better than getting hit by a load of 7.62 rounds. Similarly some concerns over their use for torture, but I think recent news shows you can be very unpleasant without needing anything so sophisticated. Anyway I think this looks like good news once the 'real thing' has been developed; you can clobber everybody and then sort through the lot to find the Bad Guys in your own time.