Stun Gun Laws by State

Stun Guns are not legal to own in all states. Please read below to see if your city/state is on the prohibited list or not. According to our research, the laws listed below are the most precise and accurate records available of anywhere online. Keep in mind that laws and statutes can change at any time. The laws and statutes listed below should not be used as legal advice but for informational purposes only. By continuing to stay on this page, you agree to release us from any legal issues.

NOTE: This page is updated (1) time yearly to ensure the highest level of accuracy. The laws listed below were last updated on June 5th 2018.

Below we have separated stun gun laws into 4 different main categories. These categories are: prohibited states/cities/counties, frequently asked questions, traveling with stun guns and state statutes for ALL states. Please make sure to read each section carefully as it is important to understand as many laws as you possibly can regarding stun guns.

** NOTICE ** – Even if your state is on the prohibited list, it doesn’t necessary mean that you can’t own a stun gun within a particular state. Stun gun retailers and manufacturers cannot ship to prohibited states, but we have found that nearly 100% of self defense product retailers are willing to ship to you if you can provide an alternate address. Most retailers are willing to ship your order to a friend or family member at an alternate address and then your friend/family can relay the package to you.

 

Prohibited States/Counties/Cities for Stun Guns

The following STATES are ILLEGAL to own or possess a stun gun:

  • Hawaii
  • New York
  • Rhode Island

The following STATES may have requirements to own or possess a stun gun:

  • Illinois – LEGAL but Firearm Owner’s Identification Card Required.
  • Iowa – LEGAL but requires (permit/license to carry a firearm), to carry such device.
  • Michigan – LEGAL but has many requirements. Read complete michigan stun gun laws below.
  • Mississippi – LEGAL but must be licensed to carry a stun gun.

The following CITIES are ILLEGAL to own or possess a stun gun:

  • Chicago, IL
  • Ocean City, MD
  • Ruston, WA

The following COUNTIES are ILLEGAL to own or possess a stun gun:

  • Baltimore County, MD

 

Frequently Asked Stun Gun Questions

Q: Are stun guns legal to own?
A: YES, this is has been a common misunderstanding for many years. It is 100% legal to own a stun gun for civilian self defense as long as you’re not a minor, no felony record and intend to use it ONLY for self defense.

Q: For it to be legal to carry a stun gun, does it have to be concealed?
A: This will all depend on your state/city/county that you live in. Since there are so many different laws for different states, we recommend that you contact your local law enforcement office for any details that they can offer on the topic. For MOST states, the stun gun does not have to be concealed.

Q: Am I allowed to keep a stun gun in my car or purse?
A: Different regions have different regulations and laws. For almost all states, this is perfectly legal and not a problem. If you want the most precise answer for the city that you live in, we recommend contacting your local law enforcement office for details. 99% of the time we have found that it’s perfectly legal to keep a  stun gun in your car or purse as long as stun guns are legal in your state.

 

Traveling with a stun gun

This will depend on where you are going and how you plan to carry the stun gun. According to the Transportation Security Administration, stun guns and personal self-defense sprays are allowed to be in checked baggage with restrictions. Stun guns are prohibited though from bringing them in carry-on baggage. If you would like more information regarding stun gun traveling laws, please visit the following link: http://www.tsa.gov/

It is important to understand that while it may be 100% legal to own and possess a stun gun within your state, it may not be legal to possess in a state you are driving to, even if it is concealed. Before traveling you should check the laws for each state even if you are just passing through one state to get to another.

If a state statute has recently been updated and you are affiliated with local, state or federal government, please contact us. Once we have verified the updated statute, we will make the necessary changes. This page is viewed by over 60,000+ visitors yearly, any updated statutes will help to get the new statutes into circulation faster.

Specific Stun Gun & Taser Statutes Per State (A-Z)

 

Alabama Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Montgomery
Section 18-114
Stun guns are not allowed to be possessed on School  property including storage in a vehicle on school property.

 

Alaska Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Alaska state law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

American Samoa Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in American Samoan state law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

Arizona Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Section 13-3117 Remote Stun Guns; Sales Records; Use; Classification; Definitions

A. It is unlawful for a person or entity to do any of the following:

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.

2. Knowingly use or threaten to use a remote stun gun or an authorized remote stun gun against a law enforcement officer who is engaged in the performance of the officer’s official duties.

B. This section does not:

1. Preclude the prosecution of any person for the use of a remote stun gun or an authorized remote stun gun during the commission of any criminal offense.

2. Preclude any justification defense under chapter 4 of this title.

C. The regulation of remote stun guns and authorized remote stun guns is a matter of statewide concern.

D. A violation of:

1. Subsection A, paragraph 1 is a petty offense.

2. Subsection A, paragraph 2 is a class 4 felony.

E. For the purposes of this section:

1.”Authorized remote stun gun” means a remote stun gun that has all of the following:

(a) An electrical discharge that is less than one hundred thousand volts and less than nine joules of energy per pulse.

(b) A serial or identification number on all projectiles that are discharged from the remote stun gun.

(c) An identification and tracking system that, on deployment of remote electrodes, disperses coded material that is traceable to the purchaser through records that are kept by the manufacturer on all remote stun guns and all individual cartridges sold.

(d) A training program that is offered by the manufacturer.

2. “Remote stun gun” means an electronic device that emits an electrical charge and that is designed and primarily employed to incapacitate a person or animal either through contact with electrodes on the device itself or remotely through wired probes that are attached to the device or through a spark, plasma, ionization or other conductive means emitting from the device.

 

Arkansas Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Arkansas State law for stun guns or tasers.

 

California Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

5 CCR § 100015

Stun guns and TASERS are not permitted on the property of any state universities.

PC Part 1 Title 7 Chpt. 7 – Part 171b

Illegal to have stun guns within any state or local public building or at any meeting required to be open to the public.

PC 626.10.

Upon the grounds of, or within, any public or private school providing instruction in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive.

 

 

Colorado Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Colorado State law for stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Connecticut Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Title 53 Chapter 943 Sec. 53-206.

Legal for Home/Business use, carrying is prohibited.

Title 29 Chapter 529 Sec. 29-39

It is Illegal to have an electronic defense weapon in a vehicle.

 

 

Delaware Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

New Castle County, DE – Section 22.03.009. Stun Guns and Taser Guns.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, make, deliver, transport, trade, give, sell, purchase or possess a stun gun or taser gun.

B. The term “stun gun,” as used in this Section, means any battery powered, pulsed electrical device of high voltage and low or no amperage which, when pressed against a person, can disrupt the central nervous system and cause temporary loss of voluntary muscle control of such person.

C. The term “taser gun,” as used in this section, means any device contained in a package which permits it to be hand held, containing an electrical supply unit, and into which an expendable plastic cassette may be inserted and which operates by shooting or projecting a ball, net or dart carrying fine wires from the package to the target and which, upon hitting a person, can send out current capable of disrupting the person’s nervous      system in such a manner as to render the person incapable of functioning normally.

D. Exempt from this section shall be any law enforcement officer while performing his or her lawful duties within this County and those selling to any law enforcement officer while performing his or her lawful duties within this county.

E. A conviction of violation of this Section shall be punishable as provided in Section 1.01.009 of this Code. (Ord. No. 98-050, § 1(22-69), 5-26-1998)

 

Wilmington, DE Specific Statutes – Section 36-161. Stun Guns, etc.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, make, deliver, transport, trade, give, sell, or possess a converted tear gas gun, stun gun or taser gun.

B. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this subsection, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

1. Stun gun means any battery powered, pulsed electrical device of high voltage and low or no amperage which, when pressed against a person, can disrupt the central nervous system and cause temporary loss of voluntary muscle control of such person.

2. Taser gun means any device contained in a package which permits it to be handheld, containing an electrical supply unit, and into which an expendable plastic cassette may be inserted and which operates by shooting or projecting a ball, net, or dart carrying fine wires from the package to the target and which, upon hitting a person can send out current capable of disrupting the person’s nervous system in such a manner as to render the person incapable of functioning normally.

3. Any law enforcement officer while performing his lawful duties within the city shall be exempted from the effect of this section. For purposes of this section, the term “law enforcement officer” shall include police officers, the attorney general, the attorney general’s deputies and investigators, the sheriff, and the sheriff’s deputies, prison guards, constables and bailiffs.

4. A conviction of violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $500.00 and not more than $2,500.00 or by both such fine and imprisonment not exceeding six months. The minimum sentence of $500.00 fine shall not be subject to suspension or reduction for any reason.

 

Newark, DE – Section 31-5. Stun Guns and Taser Guns.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person within the limits of the city to possess, wear, carry or knowingly transport a stun gun or taser gun.

B. The term “stun gun,” as used in this section, means any battery powered, pulsed electrical device of high voltage and low or no amperage which, when pressed against a person, can disrupt the central nervous system and cause temporary loss of voluntary muscle control of such person.

C. The term “taser gun,” as used in this section, means any device contained in a package, which permits it to be hand held, containing an electrical supply unit, and into which an expendable plastic cassette may be inserted and which operates by shooting or projecting a ball, net or dart carrying fine wires from the package to the target and which, upon hitting a person, can send out current capable of disrupting the person’s nervous system in such a manner as to render the person incapable of functioning normally.

D. This section shall not apply to any law enforcement officer while performing his or her lawful duties within the city.

E. This section shall not apply to any person who possesses, wears,  carries or transports a stun gun or taser gun on real estate that the person owns or leases or where the person resides or within the confines of a business establishment that the person owns or leases.

 

 

District of Columbia Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Stun guns are now legal. Below from the DC Metro Police:

A person 18 years or older may possess a stun gun in the District of Columbia; it may only be used to protect themselves or their property. No one other than a law enforcement officer is allowed to possess a stun gun in a building or office occupied by the District of Columbia government, a penal institution, secure juvenile residential facility, a halfway house, any building that is occupied by a children’s facility, preschool, elementary or secondary school, any building or grounds in which the owner or occupant clearly posts forbidding the carrying of a stun gun.

Title 7 Subtitle J Chpt. 25 7-2502.215.
Possession of stun guns.

(a) No person under 18 years of age shall possess a stun gun in the District; provided, that brief possession for self-defense in response to an immediate threat of harm shall not be a violation of this subsection.

(b) No person who possesses a stun gun shall use that weapon except in the exercise of reasonable force in defense of person or property.

(c) Unless permission specific to the individual and occasion is given, no person, except a law
enforcement officer as defined in section 901, shall possess a stun gun in the following locations:

(1) A building or office occupied by the District of Columbia government, its agencies, or instrumentalities;

(2) A penal institution, secure juvenile residential facility, or halfway house;

(3) A building or portion thereof, occupied by a children’s facility, preschool, or public or private elementary or secondary school; or

(4) Any building or grounds clearly posted by the owner or occupant to prohibit the carrying of a stun gun.

 

 

Florida Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Stun Guns/Electric Weapons: Section 790.001 (4)(b)

Definitions. A nonlethal stun gun or dart-firing stun gun or other nonlethal electric weapon or device that is designed solely for defensive purposes. (Note: Non Lethal is the word that makes this law)

790.53 Open Carrying of Weapons

A person may openly carry, for purposes of lawful self-defense:

A nonlethal stun gun or dart-firing stun gun or other nonlethal electric weapon or device that is designed solely for defensive purposes.

Concealed Carry on any college or university facility unless the licensee is a registered student, employee, or faculty member of such college or university and the weapon is a stun gun or non-lethal electric weapon or device designed solely for defensive purposes and the weapon does not fire a dart or projectile.

 

 

Georgia Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Section 16-11-127.1 (b)(1)

It shall be unlawful for any person to carry to or to possess or have under such person’s control while within a school safety zone, at a school function, or on a bus or other transportation furnished by a school any weapon or explosive compound, other than fireworks or consumer fireworks the possession of which is regulated by Chapter 10 of Title 25…

Section 16-11-127.1

Carrying weapons within school safety zones, at school functions, or on a bus or other transportation furnished by a school

(C) (19) Any person who is 18 years of age or older or currently enrolled in classes on the campus in question and carrying, possessing, or having under such person’s control an electroshock weapon while in or on any building or real property owned by or leased to such public technical school, vocational school, college or university or other public institution of postsecondary education; provided, however, that, if such person makes use of such electroshock weapon, such use shall be in defense of self or others. The exemption under this paragraph shall apply only to such person in regard to such electroshock weapon. As used in this paragraph, the term ‘electroshock weapon’ means any commercially available device that is powered by electrical charging units and designed exclusively to be capable of incapacitating a person by electrical charge, including, but not limited to, a stun gun or taser as defined in subsection (a) of Code Section 16-11-106;

 

 

Guam Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Guam law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Hawaii Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Stun Devices/Electric Weapons: Stun devices are illegal in Hawaii.

Section 134-16

 

 

Idaho Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Idaho State law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Illinois Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

430ILCS 65/2 Sec. 2.Firearm Owner’s Identification Card Required; Exceptions.

(a) (1) No person may acquire or possess any firearm, stun gun, or taser within this State without having in his or her possession a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card previously issued in his or her name by the Department of State Police under the provisions of this Act. (Electric weapons can only be carried ready for use in your home or place of business. In all other places including automobiles they must be secured and not ready for use even if you have a permit to carry a firearm.)

Taser/Stun Guns Illegal in Chicago.

8-24-020 Sale or Possession of Deadly Weapon

(d) No person shall carry or posses with intent to use unlawfully against another, or carry in a threatening or menacing manner, without authority of law, a dagger, billy, dangerous knife, razor, broken bottle or other piece or glass, stun gun, taser, or other dangerous or deadly weapon of like character.

 

 

Indiana Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

IC 35-47-8-1

“Electronic Stun Weapon” Defined

Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, “electronic stun weapon” means any mechanism that is:

1. Designed to emit an electronic, magnetic, or other type of charge that exceeds the equivalency of a five (5) milliamp sixty (60) hertz    shock; an

2. Used for the purpose of temporarily incapacitating a person. Added by P.L.318-1985, Section 3. IC 35-47-8-2

“Stun Gun” Defined

Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, “stun gun” means any mechanism that is:

1. Designed to emit an electronic, magnetic, or other type of charge that equals or does not exceed the equivalency of a five (5) milliamp sixty (60) hertz shock;

2. Used for the purpose of temporarily incapacitating a person.

Added by P.L.318-1985, Section 3.IC 35-47-8-2

“Taser” Defined

Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, “taser” means any mechanism that is:

1. Designed to emit an electronic, magnetic, or other type of charge or shock through the use of a projectile; and

2. Used for the purpose of temporarily incapacitating a person.

Added by P.L.318-1985, Section 3.

Note: TASER subject to requirement of handgun license.

 

 

Iowa Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Title XVI
Chapter 702
702.7 Dangerous weapon.

A “dangerous weapon” is any instrument or device designed primarily for use in inflicting death or injury upon a human being or animal, and which is capable of inflicting death upon a human being when used in the manner for which it was designed, except a bow and arrow when possessed and used for hunting or any other lawful purpose. Additionally, any instrument or device of any sort whatsoever which is actually used in such a manner as to indicate that the defendant intends to inflict death or serious injury upon the other, and which, when so used, is capable of inflicting death upon a human being, is a dangerous weapon. Dangerous weapons include but are not limited to any offensive weapon, pistol, revolver, or other firearm, dagger, razor, stiletto, switchblade knife, knife having a blade exceeding five inches in length, or any portable device or weapon directing an electric current, impulse, wave, or beam that produces a high-voltage pulse designed to immobilize a person.

Note: Since an electric defensive device is considered a Dangerous Weapon it would take a permit/license to carry a firearm to carry such device on your person.

 

 

Kansas Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Stun Guns/Electric Weapons:
72-6132

Not allowed in schools. Same as Firearm.

 

 

Kentucky Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Kentucky State law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Louisiana Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Louisiana State law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Maine Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Admin. Rule 16: 633-16 Weapons

The following rules govern possession of weapons in a licensed slot machine facility. “Weapons” include but are not limited to any firearm, taser, stun gun, sling shot, knuckles, bowie knife, dirk, stiletto or other dangerous or deadly weapon usually employed in the attack on or defense of a person.

Section 1004. Criminal use of Electronic Weapon

A. Except as provided in subsection 4, a person is guilty of criminal use of an electronic weapon if the person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly uses an electronic weapon upon any other person.

B. As used in this section, “electronic weapon” means a portable device or weapon from which an electrical current, impulse, wave or beam may be directed, which current, impulse, wave or beam is designed to have a disabling effect upon human beings.

C. Criminal use of an electronic weapon is a Class D crime.

D. This section does not apply to the use of an electronic weapon by:

1. A law enforcement officer, corrections officer or corrections supervisor engaged in the performance of the law enforcement officer’s, corrections officer’s or corrections supervisor’s public duty if the officer’s or corrections supervisor’s appointing authority has authorized such use of an electronic weapon; or

2. A person using an electronic weapon when that use is for the purpose of:

a. Defending that person or a 3rd person as authorized under section 108, subsection 2; or

b. Defending that person’s dwelling place as authorized under section 104, subsections 3 and 4.

Note: Above laws cover the criminal use of these weapons. Self Defense use of these weapons is permitted by Law.

 

 

Maryland Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Stun Devices Illegal in the following Cities/Counties in MD.

Beware there could be Cities/Counties with bans that are not listed.

Baltimore, MD – City Code 115
Ocean City, MD -Sec. 58-162

An electronic control device may not be sold and activated in the State unless:

1. An instructional manual or audio or audiovisual instructions are provided to the purchaser;

2. The manufacturer maintains a record of the original owner of the electronic control device; and

3. The manufacturer or seller has obtained a State and federal criminal history records check of the original owner to ensure compliance with subsection (b)(2) of this section.

A person may not possess or use an electronic control device unless the person:

1. Has attained the age of 18 years; and

2. Has never been convicted of a crime of violence or a violation of Section 5-602, Section 5-603, Section 5-604, Section 5-605, Section 5-606, Section 5-613, or Section 5-614 of this article.

 

 

Massachusetts Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Part I, Title 20 XX, Chapter 140 Section 131J

The US Supreme Court struck down the Massachusetts Ban on Stun Guns. They can be owned and kept in your home but they may not be legal to carry outside the home.

Note: (4/17/18) The Massachusetts Supreme Court has put out their “Ruling” (After the US Supreme Ct forced them with above ruling) that the Stun Gun Ban is unconstitutional. Massachusetts can just ban them as they fall under the 2nd Amendment. Massachusetts will most likely pass a law or Admin Rule to make possession outside the home/business require a license to carry and most likely other restrictions.

 

 

Michigan Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Section 750.224a Portable Device or Weapon Directing Electrical Current, Impulse, Wave, or Beam; Sale or Possession Prohibited; Exceptions; Use of Electro-Muscular Disruption Technology; Violation; Penalty; Definitions.

Sec. 224a. (Edited for Space Considerations)

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person shall not sell, offer for sale, or possess in this state a portable device or weapon from which an electrical current, impulse, wave, or beam may be directed, which current, impulse, wave, or beam is designed to incapacitate temporarily, injure, or kill.

(2) This section does not prohibit any of the following:

(b) The possession and reasonable use of a device that uses electro-muscular disruption technology by an individual who holds a valid license to carry a concealed pistol under section 5b of 1927 PA 372, MCL 28.425, and who has been trained under subsection (5) in the use, effects, and risks of the device.

(5) An authorized dealer or other person who sells a device that uses electro-muscular disruption technology to an individual described in subsection (2)(b) shall verify the individual’s identity and verify that the individual holds a valid concealed pistol license issued under section 5b of 1927 PA 372, MCL 28.425b, and shall provide to the individual purchasing the device, at the time of the sale, training on the use, effects, and risks of the device. A person who violates this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 30 days or a fine of not more than $500.00, or both.

(6) An individual described in subsection (2) shall not use a device that uses electro-muscular disruption technology against another person except under circumstances that would justify the individual’s lawful use of physical force. An individual who violates this subdivision is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 2 years or a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or both.

(7) As used in this section:

(a)“A device that uses electro-muscular disruption technology” means a device to which both of the following apply:

(i) The device is capable of creating an electro-muscular disruption and is used or intended to be used as a defensive device capable of temporarily incapacitating or immobilizing a person by the direction or emission of conducted energy.

(ii) The device contains an identification and tracking system that, when the device is initially used, dispenses coded material traceable to the purchaser through records kept by the manufacturer, and the manufacturer of the device has a policy of providing that identification and tracking information to a police agency upon written request by that agency. However, this subdivision does not apply to a launch-able device that is used only by law enforcement agencies.

Note: The seller will give you the training. From the way I understand the law the seller is responsible for giving the training so resale by a non dealer may not be legal.

 

 

Minnesota Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Section 624.731 Electronic Incapacitation Devices

Subdivision 1. Definitions

Electronic Incapacitation Devices” means a portable device which is designed or intended by the manufacturer to be used, offensively or defensively, to temporarily immobilize or incapacitate persons by means of electric pulse or current, including devices operating by means of carbon dioxide propellant. “Electronic incapacitation device” does not include cattle prods, electric fences, or other electric devices when used in agricultural, animal husbandry, or food production activities.

Subdivision 2. Authorized Possession; Use.

A person may possess and use an electronic incapacitation device in the exercise of reasonable force in defense of the person or the person’s property only if the electronic incapacitation device is labeled with or accompanied by clearly written instructions as to its use and the dangers involved in its use.

Subdivision 3. Prohibited possession; use.

No person under the age of 16 may possess or use an authorized tear gas compound except by written permission of a parent or guardian, and no person under the age of 18 may possess or use an electronic incapacitation device.

 

 

Mississippi Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

§ 45-9-101 Must be licensed to carry a stun gun.

45.9.101 License To Carry Stun Gun, Concealed Pistol Or Revolver

(13) No license issued pursuant to this section shall authorize any person to carry a stun gun, concealed pistol or revolver into

* any place of nuisance as defined in Section 95-3-1, Mississippi Code of 1972;

* any police, sheriff or highway patrol station; any detention facility, prison or jail;

* any courthouse; any courtroom, except that nothing in this section shall preclude a judge from carrying a concealed weapon or determining who will carry a concealed weapon in his courtroom;

* any polling place; any meeting place of the governing body of any governmental entity;

* any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof;

* any school, college or professional athletic event not related to firearms;

* any portion of an establishment, licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, that is primarily devoted to dispensing alcoholic beverages; any portion of an establishment in which beer or light wine is consumed on the premises, that is primarily devoted to such purpose;

* any elementary or secondary school facility; any junior college, community college, college or university facility unless for the purpose of participating in any authorized firearms-related activity;

* inside the passenger terminal of any airport, except that no person shall be prohibited from carrying any legal firearm into the terminal if the firearm is encased for shipment, for purposes of checking such firearm as baggage to be lawfully transported on any aircraft;

* any church or other place of worship; or any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law.

* In addition to the places enumerated in this subsection, the carrying of a stun gun, concealed pistol or revolver may be disallowed in any place in the discretion of the person or entity exercising control over the physical location of such place by the placing of a written notice clearly readable at a distance of not less than ten (10) feet that the “carrying of a pistol or revolver is prohibited.

* ” No license issued pursuant to this section shall authorize the participants in a parade or demonstration for which a permit is required to carry a stun gun, concealed pistol or revolver.

Any school, college or professional athletic event not related to firearms. – (This provision authorizes an enhanced permit holder to carry a stun gun, concealed pistol or revolver into non-firearm related events even if signage is posted pursuant toSection 45-9-101(13). However, if signage were posted relating to a firearm related school, college or professional event, enhanced permit holders would not be authorized to carry their weapons.)

(13)… In addition to the places enumerated in this subsection, the carrying of a stun gun, concealed pistol or revolver may be disallowed in any place in the discretion of the person or entity exercising control over the physical location of such place by the placing of a written notice clearly readable at a distance of not less than ten (10) feet that the “carrying of a pistol or revolver is prohibited.”

(19) Any person holding a valid unrevoked and unexpired license to carry stun guns, concealed pistols or revolvers issued in another state shall have such license recognized by this state to carry stun guns, concealed pistols or revolvers. The Department of Public Safety is authorized to enter into a reciprocal agreement with another state if that state requires a written agreement in order to recognize licenses to carry stun guns, concealed pistols or revolvers issued by this state.

 

 

Missouri Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Missouri State law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Montana Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Montana State law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Nebraska Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Nebraska State law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Nevada Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Nevada State law for stun guns.

 

 

New Hampshire Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in New Hampshire State law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

New Jersey Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

N.J.A.C. 13:54-5.8

Must be 18 years of age to Possess or Buy.

2C:39-5(e)(2)

possession of a stun gun while in or upon any part of the buildings or grounds of any school, college, university or other educational institution without the written authorization of the governing officer of the institution.

Note: The NJ 2nd Amendment Society filed a lawsuit and the US District Court Ruling on 4/25/17 stated Stun Devices were legal to possess in New Jersey. SCOTUS had ruled earlier that they could not be banned.

 

 

New Mexico Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in New Mexico State law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

New York Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Section 265.01

Stun Devices and Electric Weapons are Illegal in New York State.

Administrative Code 10-135

Stun Devices and Electric Weapons are Illegal in New York City.

 

 

North Carolina Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Section 14-269 Carrying Concealed Weapons

It shall be unlawful for any person willfully and intentionally to carry concealed about his person any bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slung shot, loaded cane, metallic knuckles, razor, shuriken, stun gun, or other deadly weapon of like kind, except when the person is on the person’s own premises.

Section 14-269.2 Weapons on Campus or Other Educational Property

It shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person to cause, encourage, or aid a minor who is less than 18 years old to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any BB gun, stun gun, air rifle, air pistol, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slungshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades (except solely for personal shaving), firework, or any sharp-pointed or edged instrument except instructional supplies, unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparation of food, instruction, and maintenance, on educational property.

Note: It states Concealed. Open Carry of a Stun Gun is most likely legal.

 

 

North Dakota Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Stun Guns and Defense Sprays:

Stun guns and defense sprays (such as pepper spray) are exempt from the definition of “dangerous weapons” and therefore you do not need a concealed weapon license to carry those items concealed (e.g.,in a purse or bag, under clothing, under the vehicle seat or in the vehicle’s glove box) within North Dakota.

Tasers

A Taser that only delivers a single application of voltage is not considered a dangerous weapon and may be carried without a concealed weapon license. However, if the Taser is capable of delivering multiple applications of voltage, you must have a concealed weapon license.

Note: Previously you had to have a permit/license to carry a firearm to carry a stun device or a chemical spray.

 

 

Northern Marianas Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Northern Marianas law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Ohio Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Some Ohio cities may have laws concerning Stun Devices. It is legal and subjected to restrictions.

 

 

Oklahoma Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Oklahoma State law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Oregon Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Oregon State law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Pennsylvania Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Title 18, Section 908.1 Use or Possession of Electric or Electronic Incapacitation Device.

Self Defense – A person may possess and use an electric or electronic incapacitation device in the exercise of reasonable force in defense of the person or the person’s property pursuant to Chapter 5 (relating to general principles of justification) if the electric or electronic incapacitation device is labeled with or accompanied by clearly written instructions as to its use and the damages involved in its use.

Note: Labeled or accompanied is not defined. If it has paperwork with it I would carry it if not labeled with the clearly written instructions as to its use.

 

 

Puerto Rico Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Unable to find any Puerto Rico laws concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Rhode Island Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Section 11-47-42

Stun Devices/Electric Weapons are illegal in Rhode Island

 

 

South Carolina Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in South Carolina State law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

South Dakota Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in South Dakota State law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Tennessee Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Tennessee States law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Texas Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Texas State law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Utah Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Utah States law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Vermont Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Vermont States law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Virginia Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Section 8.4

Dangerous Weapons Prohibited

A. Any mechanism designed to emit an electronic, magnetic, or other type of  charge that exceeds the equivalency of a five milliamp sixty hertz shock and used for the purpose of temporarily incapacitating a person, which may be known as a stun gun.

B. Any mechanism designed to emit an electronic, magnetic, or other type of charge or shock through the use of a projectile and used for the purpose of temporarily incapacitating a person, which may be known as a taser.

 

 

Virgin Islands Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

Note: Possession of Electric Stun Devices is now legal in the US Virgin Islands. You must be licensed and given training by the Police. Check with your local Police for details.

Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, nothing contained herein shall prohibit the use of electric weapons or devices by peace officers in the conduct of their lawful duties, or persons licensed to carry an electric weapon or device. The Virgin Islands Police Department and Virgin Islands Department of Justice shall jointly promulgate regulations and establish policies pertaining to the use of licensing of electric weapons and devices.

 

 

Washington Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Washington States law concerning stun guns or tasers.

Ruston, WA City Ordinance 9.11.015 Bans Stun Devices/Electric Weapons.

Ruston has restrictions on Stun Devices/Electric weapons and other cities in Washington could have similar bans.

Note: Bellingham, WA stun gun/electric weapon ban was repealed in July 2016. Stun guns, tasers and similar devices are now legal.

 

 

West Virginia Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in West Virginia State law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

 

Wisconsin Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

941.295 Possession of electric weapon

Whoever sells, transports, manufactures, possesses or goes armed with any electric weapon is guilty of a Class H felony.

Subsection (1m) does not apply to any of the following:

1. A person specified in pars. (a) to (c), a licensee, or an out-of-
state licensee.

2. A person for use in his or her dwelling or place of business or on land that he or she owns, leases, or legally occupies

The prohibition in sub. (1m) on possessing or going armed with an electric weapon does not apply to any of the following:

(a) A licensee or an out-of-state licensee.

(b) 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.

 

 

Wyoming Stun Gun & Taser Laws / Statutes:

No restrictions in Wyoming State law concerning stun guns or tasers.

 

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23 Comments/Reviews

  • Lorenzo says:
    5 stars

    I live in new mexico and wanted to know if its legal for a felon to own a taser and if so does it matter whether its a taser projectile or if its stuck attached to the head of stun gun? Thank

  • Maxine hancock says:

    I just wanted to know if I had to have a permit to carry a stun gun I live in Fresno, CA

  • Todd deCeault says:

    Since I did not see my city and county I live, would I still have to contact city hall to find out if a concealed permit is necessary to obtain one to carry a stun gun?

  • Dave says:

    Is it illegal in Washington state for a migrant worker to buy a stun gun?

  • Brent says:

    Bellingham, WA city ordinance 10.30 was repealed in 2016. You may now own Stun Devices/Electric Weapons in that city.

  • Lisa Megan says:

    Can people in Florida carry open stungun?

  • Chris says:

    I am a felon living in Texas, is it legal for me to purchase and/or carry stun guns/batons?

  • PAT says:

    I LIVE IN FLORIDA ALSO HAVE A HOME IN NJ…IN THE PAST I BROUGHT HOME YARDSALE JUNK MOSTLY USED OR BROKEN TO SEE IF GRANDKIDS COULD USE TO TINKER WITH,HATE TO THROW USABLE ITEM INTO OUR LANDFILLS.AND THERE WAS A BROKEN STUN GUN IN ONE OF THE BOXES.I THOUGHT IT WAS A STUD FINDER FOR PAINTINGS AND POLIE FOUND IN MY HOME WHILE MY SON AND HIS WIFE WHERE HAVING ARGUMENT .CAN I GET INTROUBLE FOR HAVING THIS BROKEN DEVICE ?

  • Davis says:
    5 stars

    I’m 16 and live in Texas, my area code is 75482, I have many enemies and don’t feel safe when I’m alone so I want to know if I can own and/or carry a hand held taser, thanks

  • Jack mi off says:

    i just became a first time felon. It was all about making money no violent crimes or no drug crimes. Does any one know if a felon in washingt state can own a taser gun or a hand held one?

    • dude says:

      In Washington it is actually legal for a felon to have a taser gun. you just cant walk into a school or government building with it. I talked to lawyers out here to make sure. The law only states school builds or government ones.

  • joey says:

    So is it tru a stungun flashlight a wepon? Please let me know because i was terminated from my job because i had it on me for protection and i live in navada where its legal to own

    • Erin Murphy says:

      Joey, state laws rarely apply to private businesses (unless you work in a state or federal building) and you don’t have much course of action if it was not allowed. It’s likely it was only mentioned in a vague and all-inclusive way in the employee agreement paperwork, but by accepting a job it is normally understood that you agree with the requirements set forth therein. It’s pretty shi$%y, but if it helps, there are always jobs in Vegas.

  • roxanna says:

    what are the laws for Sonoma county, calif. and where is the closest dealer

  • Jeffrey Dean says:
    2 stars

    Is a Taser considered a fire arm and does is it governed under current firearm laws

  • mike says:

    ???
    does a stun gun need contact with skin to be affecty

  • Debbie says:

    Can people in Montana have a stun gun? If so I would like t get one

  • Toni says:

    My neighbor brought a gun into our community for no reason except that she does not like me. She pointed at the gun and pointed at me as if to say this is for you. The Police Officer who is a friend of her friend did nothing but say she said it was a telephone. I had a witness and I am frightened. I own a stun gun & I feel I should be able to use it if necessary.

    • Stephen J Sardina Jr says:

      You need to purchase a better deterrent I would say a gun or some bear spray. Bear spray goes up to 30 feet its not as strong as regular pepper spray but goes further the bottles are bigger than regular spray. Or if someone just pointing a gun at my you can shoot them legally in most states it would be self defense that is what I would do personally.

  • Admin says:

    Mona, At this time we believe that the TEK-8 can only be purchased online. If you search for TEK-8 on google, you should be able to find a retailer that has one for sale.

  • Mona says:

    Where can the TEK 8stunguns be purchased in my area 34698 Florida

  • janet says:
    5 stars

    i am a 62 year old who weighs 100 pounds.i might be small but believe me i am very spunking.about 25 years ago i was robbed (he snatched my purse ).it scared me so much that i would not leave my house by my self for months.finally i got my self together and learned how to shoot a hand gun.a few weeks ago i purchased a stun gun (1 of your brand )i love it.you never know who is lurking around corners,but i just wanted you to know that i feel very comfortable having it with me.

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