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Once the hottest stock around, Taser has taken a nose dive over safety concerns and slowing growth

When Brad Koteshwar, a private investor in Scottsdale, Ariz., decided to sink $6,000 into the stock of a hot local company, stun-gun maker Taser International, in January 2004, he knew it was risky. The stock price had already soared nearly 2000% in 2003, and that kind of phenomenal growth just can't last forever. "We got in a little late," admits Koteshwar, who with his wife Sheila also holds seminars and publishes a newsletter on stock investing. But police departments from Kansas City, Mo., to San Jose, Calif., were placing large orders for Taser's weapons, which emit a 50,000-volt electrical shock and...

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