Integrity Ballistics recently announced their Burns Round, a “less-Lethal 12-gauge shotgun technology for law enforcement.”

According to CEO Jim Greer, the company was founded after 9/11 by chemical engineer Joe Kolnik, with the sole purpose of building a company around this product.

Greer says the Burns Round is designed to stop threats by causing pain on contact, and considers it a more effective law enforcement tool than beanbag rounds in reduced-force situations. The overall contact energy is similar to a beanbag round, but it reduces penetration potential, because it expands on contact to a 50% greater diameter than the beanbag.

There’s an obvious application for school resource officers trying to stop an intruder bent on mass murder, but it could also be useful in many other self-defense situations. When tested against construction materials, the Burns Round tends to get stopped by walls, as opposed to common rifle and pistol bullets which can pass through walls and remain lethal. So in a school, business, or residential environment, a defender may have less concerns over missed shots injuring or killing non-involved parties. It may also reduce police liability from collateral injuries, as happened when New York City police wounded nine innocent bystanders during a shootout.

Integrity Ballistics doesn’t have any current plans for other firearms products. Being a small company with six employees, they’re focusing their resources on getting the Burns Round to the law-enforcement market before exploring other options.