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Where is it Legal to have a Stun Gun?

If you have been asking yourself “stun guns, are they legal”, we are here to help. Teaching, training and keeping you safe has been our mission since the mid 1990’s, that’s over 30 years of experience and expertise.  We are ready and prepared for any inquiries you may have, thus keeping you apprised of stun gun laws helping you find the information needed when searching for legal stun guns for sale

Let's start investigating the ever growing frequently asked questions and answers about the legality of stun guns by looking at where a stun gun is legal, illegal and all the stuff in between. What you must understand about stun guns and the law is they must be used for self-defense and ignorance of any given statute or law concerning a Taser or stun gun is not a viable defense.

Where exactly is it legal to own Stun Guns?

There are many States where stun guns are currently legal to own and use with the only restrictions being that you are over the age of 18 and there is not a felony on your record. According to dictionary.com a stun gun is a non lethal self defense tool that is designed to immobilize a perpetrator for a period of time and without causing harm and by definition should be considered legal.

While, almost every state has restriction on age and criminal history, some States even go as far as to regulate them and although in most they are considered legal, several states, cities and counties have conditions such as possessing a firearms permit. There is a select few States that have made stun guns and Taser’s illegal.

Below is a list of states where stun guns are legal with only age and criminal record restrictions.

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Nevada
  • Idaho
  • Utah
  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Kansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Vermont
  • Louisiana
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • Mississippi 
  • Maine
  • Alabama
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia
  • Virginia
  • South Carolina
  • New Hampshire
  • Alaska


Which states restrict the use of Stun Guns?

Some of the remaining States permit these less than lethal weapons for home protection. Although many of these same States have placed heavy restrictions on stun guns and will not allow you to carry or possess them in public. Several of the other states have made stun guns completely illegal to own or use.

Restrictions

Legal Except Certian Cities/Counties

 Illegal

Arizona
Connecticut
Illinois
     - Chicago
Michigan
North Carolina
Wisconsin

Iowa
      - Dension-Crawford County, IA
Maryland
      - Howard County
Pennsylvania
      - Philadelphia

Hawaii
Massachusetts
Michigan
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island
District of Columbia


In some of the States listed above, stun guns and Tasers guns are legal, but some of their city restrictions are harser, where stun guns are often illegal or have extreme permit restrictions.

Since the tragedy of 9/11, coupled with the rising concern of these less than lethal weapons being used as torture devices, many customs laws have made it nearly impossible to ship stun guns abroad.

As a result many U.S. based self defense manufactures and self defense product distributors have either limited or discontinued international shipments of stun devices.

Even with these tighter restrictions, more states are allowing local law enforcement and security personnel to use stun guns for protection and to help them keep violence from escalating.

Due to the fact that they are often deemed to be less than lethal, criminals have used them instead of a gun, probably in hopes that the court system would be a bit more lenient if they are caught.

To this end many states, counties and cities have incorporated laws that place restrictions and regulations on size, usage and registration of stun guns to the general public, making it your responsibility to check on stun gun legality in your area.

You must know and abide by your local laws concerning stun guns, stun batons and Taser guns. Ignorance of the law is never a viable defense.

The legal information on stun gun and the law that are listed  in on this page are for information purpose only. They are only the ones we are aware of at the time this web page was created. However, we do not guarantee that they are up to date. It is ultimately your responsibility to ascertain the legality of stun devices in your local area, providence or country.

Can I Carry Stun Gun or Taser Gun Anywhere?

No, there are many cities, building and counties that restrict or even forbid stun gunsFor instance laws are in existence that restricted stun guns from being carried on board any commercial aircraft. 

Carrying a stun gun on to a commercial airliner is a Federal crime that carries high fines, and possible imprisonment. It is generally not permitted to carry your stun gun device in your checked baggage, I highly recommend you notify the ticketing agent and airline prior to arriving at the airport with any form of stun gun or stun device.

So, if want to bring your multi-purpose large stun flashlight on a walk or hike during your business trip or vacation, make sure you contact the airline and local authorities in the place you are traveling to and find out what your rights are and what the laws and restrictions consist of, better safe then sorry.

There are many issues that keep you from carrying stun guns into secured locations such as Federal and State buildings, or any where you must pass through a security checkpoint. Make sure if you carry a Stun gun that looks like a Cell Phone you remove it prior to entering a Federal or State building.

We are not aware of any specific stun gun laws that have been outlined other than secured buildings, but you should use common sense before carrying your stun device into any secure location.

What is the legal age to carry a Taser or Stun Gun?

Stun gun laws prevent and restrict the purchased by those under 18 years of age. These are not toys and can cause injury if not used properly.

Stun Gun Laws and restrictions in countries other than the United States?

International laws place heavy restrictions on the transportation of stun guns even on cargo planes. As a result it may be much cheaper cheaper to purchase from a local supplier or retail location.

You should always check with your local law enforcement, your states Attorney General, or your local Government and municipality for any regulations they may impose. International stun gun laws and restrictions are complicated and more varied than in the United States. We have started a discussion on international stun gun law here

IMPORTANT NOTE:

It is likely that other stun gun laws and restrictions exist in your jurisdiction, county, state, or country.

The information provide in this page does not represent a complete or entirely exhaustive source of information, but it does represent the kind of restrictions that exist in today's society.

 

COUNTRIES THAT STUN GUNS & TASERS ARE RESTRICTED:

AUSTRALIA
BELGIUM
CANADA
DENMARK
HONG KONG
INDIA (POLICE USE ONLY)
ITALY
JAPAN
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
SWEDEN
SWITERLAND
UNITED KINGDOM

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PENAL CODES AFFECTING AIR TASER, STUN GUNS & STUN BATONS

STATE RESTRICTIONS:

 

ARIZONA: Restricted 

Restriction on sale

1. Sell an authorized remote stun gun without keeping an accurate sales record as to the identity of the purchaser with the manufacturer of the

authorized remote stun gun. The identification that is required by this paragraph shall be verified with a government issued identification. This

requirement does not apply to secondary sales.


DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Illegal

District of Columbia Law. DC Code Ann. Title 6, Chapter 23. Firearms Control. Subchapter I. General Provisions 6-2302.

(7) "Destructive device" means:

(B) "Any device by whatever name known which will, or is designed, or may be readily converted or restored, to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant through a smooth bore barrel, except a shotgun."

(D) Any device designed or redesigned, made or remade, or readily converted or restored, and intended to stun or disable a person by means of electric shock.

Subchapter II. Firearms and Destructive Devices. General Provision 6-2311. Registration requirements:

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, no person or organization in the District of Columbia ("District") shall receive, possess, control, transfer, offer for sale, sell, give, or deliver any destructive device, and no person or organization in the District shall possess or control any firearm, unless that person or organization holds a valid registration certificate for the firearm.

Subchapter V. Sales and Transfer of Firearms, Destructive Devices, and Ammunition. General Provision 6-2351. Sales and transfers prohibited. No person or organization shall sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of any firearm, destructive device or ammunition in the District except as provided in *** 6-2352, or 6-2375.

SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in Washington, DC.

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HAWAII: Illegal

Hawaii State Law. Rev. Stats. Title 10, Chapter 134. Firearms, Ammunition and Dangerous Weapons. Part 1. General Regulations. Chapter 134-1 Definitions.

"Electric gun" means any portable device that is electrically operated to project a missile or electromotive force.

Chapter 134-16 Restriction on possession, sale, gift or delivery of electric guns.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person, including a licensed manufacturer, licensed importer or licensed dealer, to possess, offer for sale, hold for sale, sell, give, lend or deliver any electric gun.

(b) Any electric gun in violation of subsection (a) shall be confiscated and disposed of by the chief of police.

SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in Hawaii.

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MASSACHUSETTS: Illegal

Massachusetts State Law. Ann. Laws of Massachusetts. Chapter 140. Sale of Firearms. Section 131J: Sale or possession of electrical weapons; penalties. Section 131J. No person shall sell, offer for sale or possess a portable device or weapon from which an electric current, impulse, wave or beam may be directed, which current, impulse, wave or beam is designed to incapacitate temporarily, injure or kill. Whoever violates this provision of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred nor more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not less than six months nor more than two years in a jail or house of correction, or both.

SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in Massachusetts.

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MICHIGAN: Illegal

The Michigan Penal Code Act 328 of 1931. Chapter 750.224a Portable device or weapon directing electrical current, impulse, wave, or beam; sale or possession prohibited; testing.

(1) A person shall not sell, offer for sale, or possess in this state a portable device or weapon from which an electric current, impulse, wave or beam is designed to incapacitate temporarily, injure, or kill.

(3) A person who violates this section is guilty of a felony.

SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in Michigan.

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NEW JERSEY: Illegal

New Jersey State Law. New Jersey Stat. Ann. Title 2C. New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice. Chapter 39-1. Prohibited weapons and devices.

(Section "r" summarized from Chapter 2C:39-1) "Weapon" means anything readily capable of lethal use or of inflicting serious bodily injury. The term includes, but is not limited to all (4) stun guns; and any weapon or (this section refers to tear gas and has been updated in 1995) other device which projects, releases, or emits tear gas or any other substance intended to produce temporary physical discomfort or permanent injury through being vaporized or otherwise dispensed in the air.

(t) "Stun gun" means any weapon or other device which emits an electrical charge or current intended to temporarily or permanently disable a person.

Senate, No. 2871 -- L.1985, c. 360

Senate Bill No. 2781, as amended by the Senate Law, Public Safety and Defense Committee, prohibits as a crime of the fourth degree the possession of a stun gun by any person, including a law enforcement officer. A crime of the fourth degree carries a penalty of imprisonment for up to 18 months, a fine of up to $7,500, or both. Prior to being amended the bill classified possession of a crime in the third degree. {Editor’s Note: According to Len Lawson of NJ Legislative Council, (609) 292-4625) NJ does not classify crimes in felonies versus misdemeanors. The highest crimes are in first degree on down to fourth degree. A fourth degree penalty is a serious charge and is generally considered a misdemeanor in common terms. It is however an indictable offense. A fourth degree crime does contain "a presumption of non-custodial sentencing," meaning that there is not imprisonment if there are no prior convictions. In some cases the sentencing is obviated from one's record if there is a period of good behavior following the charge.}

The committee amended the bill to include a provision authorizing the Attorney General, at his discretion, to exempt law enforcement officers from the prohibition against possession stun guns.

The bill also was amended by the committee to include stun guns in the definition of "weapon" in paragraph r. N.J.S. 2C:39-1.

(Chapter 2C:39-1)

(h) Stun guns. Any person who knowingly has in his possession any stun gun is guilty of a crime in the fourth degree.

SUMMARY: Possession is banned of Stunning Devices in New Jersey.

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NEW YORK: Illegal

New York Consolidated Law (McKinney’s) Book 39. Penal Law.

Article 265. Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons 265.00

15-a. "Electronic dart gun" means any device designed primarily as a weapon, the purpose of which is to momentarily stun, knock out or paralyze a person by passing an electrical shock to such person by means of a dart or projectile.

15-c. "Electronic stun gun" means any device designed primarily as a weapon, the purpose of which is to momentarily stun, cause mental disorientation, knock out or paralyze a person by passing a high voltage electrical shock to such person.

Article 265.01 Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. A person is guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree when: (1) He possesses any firearm, electronic dart gun, electronic stun gun ***; or ***

SUMMARY: Possession is banned of Stunning Devices in New York.

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RHODE ISLAND: Illegal

General Laws of Rhode Island. Title 11, Chapter 47. Statute Subsection 11-47-42. Weapons other than firearms prohibited. - (A) No person shall carry or possess or attempt to use against another, any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a *** stun gun ***. Any person violating the provisions of this subsection, shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or both such fine and imprisonment, and the weapon so found shall be confiscated.

SUMMARY: Possession and use of Stunning Devices are banned.

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WISCONSIN: Legal with restriction

Under the CCW (Carrying Concealed Weapons) laws, the prohibition against possessing or going armed with an electric weapon does not apply to any of the following:
 A CCW licensee or an out-of-state licensee.
 An individual who goes armed with an electric weapon in his or her own dwelling or place of business or on land that he or she owns, leases, or legally occupies.
Wis. Stat.  941.295(2g).

The prohibition against transporting an electric weapon does not apply to any of the following:
A licensee or an out-of-state licensee.
 An individual who is not a licensee or out-of-state licensee who transports an electric weapon if the electric weapon is enclosed within a carrying case.
Wis. Stat. 941.295(2r).

If you are not specifically allowed to carry an electric weapon (see above) you are only allowed to carry an electric weapon in your own dwelling or place of business or on land that you own, lease, or legally occupy. Wis. Stat. 941.295(2g). You may also transport the weapon if it is enclosed within a carrying case. Wis. Stat.  941.295(2r). The possession or carrying of an electric weapon in any other situations is a felony. Wis. Stat.  941.295(1m).

Electric weapons cannot be sold to persons in Wisconsin who are not law enforcement, armed forces on official duty or persons without a recognized out-of-state CCW license or a Wisconsin CCW license. Wis. Stat. 941.295(2)(d). A violation of this statute is a felony. Wis. Stat.  941.295(1m).

SUMMARY: You need a CCW license or recognized out of state license to legally carry stun guns in Wisconsin. However, you can have a stun gun in your home or business and even carry it in your vehicle if it's in a closed case. The catch 22 is that no one can sell to you if you don't have a CCW license.

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STUN GUN LAWS ILLINIOS: Status -- Restricted

a. In order to possess a Taser or stun gun, an individual must have a valid FOID card, as is currently required for firearms.

b. Sellers of Taser or stun guns must check the buyers FOID card and keep the record of sale for ten years, the same requirements for firearms sales.

c. When a licensed firearms dealer sells a Taser or stun gun, they must request a background check of the buyer.

d. The 24-hour waiting period required for long guns, shotguns, and rifles, will also apply to taser and stun gun purchases.

SUMMARY: Possession and sales of stunning devices are banned in the state of Illinois without the proper licensing

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CITY/COUNTY RESTRICTIONS:

 

CHICAGO STUN GUN LAWS: Status -- Illegal

Publishers Note: The following jurisdictions require waiting periods or notifications to law enforcement officials before weapons may be delivered to purchasers:

Chicago - application approval/denial for:

(1) Registration : 120 days

(2) Re-registration: e.g., by an heir, 365 days)

SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in Chicago. (More information required on City of Chicago Ordinance)

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HOWARD COUNTY, MD: Illegal

Sec. 8.404. Sale or possession of electronic weapons prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to sell, give away, lend, rent or transfer to any individual, firm or corporation an electronic weapon within the limits of Howard County. It further shall be unlawful for any person to possess, fire, discharge or activate any electronic weapon within the limits of Howard County. (C.B. 38 1985).

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PHILADELPHIA: Illegal

Philadelphia City Ordinance. Statute 10-825 Stun Guns. (1) Definitions. (a) Stun Gun. Any device which expels or projects a projectile which, upon coming in contact with a person, is capable of inflicting injury or an electric shock to such person. (2) Prohibited conduct. Nor person shall own, use, possess, sell or otherwise transfer any "stun gun." (3) Penalty. Any person violating any provision of this section shall be subject to a fine or not more than three hundred (300) dollars and /or imprisonment for not more than ninety (90 days.)

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NEW YORK CITY: Illegal

Administrative Code of the City of New York 10-135 Prohibition on sale and possession of electronic stun guns.

a. As used in this section, "electronic stun gun" shall mean any device designed primarily as a weapon, the purpose of which is to stun, render unconscious or paralyze a person by passing an electronic shock to such person, but shall not include an "electronic dart gun" as such term is defined in section 265.00 of the penal law.

b. It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale or to have in his or her possession within the jurisdiction of the city any electronic gun.

c. Violation of this section shall be a class A misdemeanor. [Exemptions under this section are provided for police officers operating under regular department procedures or guidelines and for manufacturers of electronic stun guns scheduled for bulk shipment. NOTE: The electronic stun gun is not a "firearm" under the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 because it does not "...expel a projectile by the action of an explosive..."]

SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in New York City

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