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TASER Laws

TASER Laws

TASER Guns and stun guns are not considered firearms. They are legal for law enforcement use in all 50 states. They can be legally owned by citizens in 46 states. Scroll down to view a summary of the state laws concerning the possession and use of TASER Guns and Stun Guns by regular citizens.

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TASER Laws by State

 

State
Citizen Use

Statute Summary

Restrictions

Alabama

Legal

13A-1-2 Dangerous instrument or weapon definition, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

Alaska

Legal

11.81.900 Defensive weapon. Electric stun gun not designed to cause death or serious physical injury

Under 18 and On school grounds if under 21 without permission from school prohibited (11.61.210)

Class C felony if carried when violating a protective order (11.61.200) -Click here for legal models.

Arizona

Legal

13-105 Dangerous instrument or weapon definition

None -Click here for legal models.

Arkansas

Legal

5-1-102 Weapon definition, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

California

Legal

171b Legal, but restricted in government buildings and school grounds

Cannot possess TASER device in state or local government building or public open meeting (171b (a) (5)) or in sterile area of airport (171.5), or on public school grounds (626.10) -Click here for legal models.

Colorado

Legal

18-12-101 Stun gun definition: Device capable of temporarily immobilizing a person by the infliction of an electrical charge

Use of stun gun in commission of criminal offense is a Class 5 felony (18-12-106.5) -Click here for legal models.

 

Conn.

Legal

53a-3 Electronic defense weapon definition: A weapon which by electric impulse or current is capable of immobilizing a person temporarily, but is not capable of inflicting death or serious physical injury.

Legal in home;

Carrying of electronic defense weapon unless peace officer is punishable by fine of less than $500 or less than 3 years in prison or both (53-206);

Cannot have in vehicle (29-38);

Criminal use of electronic defense weapon is Class D felony (53a-216);

Criminal possession of electronic defense weapon is Class D felony (53a-217) -Click here for legal models.

Delaware

Legal

222 Dangerous instrument or weapon definition, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

District of Columbia


Legal

7-2501.01 Destructive device definition: Any device intended to stun or disable a person by means of electric shock

No person/organization may possess unless they hold a valid registration (7-2502.01)

No manufacturing of destructive device within District and dealer must have license (7-2504.01)

LE and military permitted use -Click here for legal models.

Florida

Legal

790.001 Electric weapon or device through use of electrical current; intended for offensive or defensive purposes

Cannot carry electric weapon or device in concealed manner unless licensed to do so (790.01)

License to carry concealed electric weapon or device (790.06)

Open carrying of weapons allowed for nonlethal electric stun guns (790.053)

Must be authorized to have on school ground or at school functions (790.115)

Use by under 16 only with adult supervision; adult subject to penalty (790.22) -Click here for legal models.

Georgia

Legal

16-11-106 Definitions: Stun guns and tasers which are powered by electrical charging units such as batteries and emit an electrical charge in excess of 20,000 volts; capable of incapacitating a person by an electrical charge

Not expressly mentioned in concealed weapons statute (16-11-126)

Expressly mentioned to be prohibited from being carried in school safety zones, at school functions, or on school property (16-11-127.1) -Click here for legal models.

Hawaii

Illegal

134.1 Electric gun definition: Any portable device electrically operated to project a missile or electromotive force

Electric guns are not to be possessed, sold, given, or delivered except to law enforcement (134.16)

Unlawful possession of electric gun is a misdemeanor (134.17) -Click here for models

Idaho

Legal

Use 18 USC 930 Listed as dangerous weapon but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

Illinois

Legal

720 ILCS 5/24-1 Stun gun or TASER definition: Any device powered by electrical charging units which fires barbs and upon hitting a human sends out a current disrupting normal functioning

Handgun license required to own a Taser device. (Apply for a FOID card) (5/24-1).. Legal for citizen use, with exception of city of Chicago
-Click here for legal models.

Indiana

Legal

35-47-8-3 TASER device definition: Designed to emit electronic charge or shock through use of projectile and used to temporarily incapacitate a person

Electric stun weapons and tasers are subject to different laws than stun guns; tasers subject to requirement of handgun license (35-47-8-4) -Click here for legal models.

Iowa

Legal

702.7 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

Kansas

Legal

21-4201 Defined as weapon, but legal

Weapons as to schools includes electronic devices designed to discharge immobilizing levels of electricity aka stun gun (72-89a01) -Click here for legal models.

Kentucky

Legal

500.080 Dangerous instrument and weapon definition but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

Louisiana

Legal

Title 14 §2 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

Maine

Legal

17 AMRS §2 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

Maryland

Legal

4-101 Defined as dangerous weapon, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

Mass

Illegal

Ch. 140 § 131J Electrical weapon definition - Not legal

No person shall sell or possess electrical weapons; punishable by fine between $500-1000 or 6mos-2yrs in prison or both

Michigan

Legal

750.224a Definition: Portable device/weapon directing electrical current

Device capable of electro-muscular disruption must contain identification and tracking system that is traceable to the purchaser through the manufacturer

Concealed pistol license and Michigan training certificate required. Must be purchased from, and trained by an authorized Michigan taser dealer.

Minnesota

Legal

624.731 Electronic incapacitation device definition: Portable device designed to temporarily immobilize or incapacitate persons by means of electric pulse or current

A person may use with reasonable force in defense of person or property

Device must be labeled with or accompanied by instructions as to its use and dangers

-Click here for legal models.

Miss.

Legal

97-37-1 Weapons definition, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

Missouri

Legal

556.061 Dangerous instrument and weapon definition, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

Montana

Legal

45-2-101 Defined as weapon, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

Nebraska

Legal

28-109 Defined as weapon, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

Nevada

Legal

202.253 Not considered firearm

None -Click here for legal models.

New Hampshire

Legal

159:20 Electronic defense weapon definition: An electronically activated non-lethal device producing an electrical charge sufficient to immobilize or incapacitate a person temporarily

•If user has committed a felony, possessing shall be guilty of Class B felony (159:21)

Sales are restricted to persons 18 and over (159:22)

Use against a LE officer or another person with intent to commit a crime is punishable as a misdemeanor or felony (159:23) -Click here for legal models.

New Jersey

Legal

Legal

Recently made legal for regular citizens. In April 2017 a federal judge directed the New Jersey State Legislature to create new regulations "consistent with public safety and the Second Amendment". Similar to New Jersey firearm regulations, tasers are currently legal for use in the home until new regulations are further defined -Click here for legal models.

New Mexico

Legal

30-1-12 Defined as weapon, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

New York

Illegal

265.00 Projectile/dart stun guns not legal - Electronic dart gun definition: Designed to momentarily stun, knock out or paralyze a person by passing an electrical shock by means of a dart or projectile

Possession by citizens is a Class A misdemeanor (265.01)

Possession by person with any previous conviction is a Class D felony (265.02)

Exemption for LE (265.20)

North Carolina

Legal

No definition statute

Unlawful to carry stun gun in a concealed manner punishable as a Class 2 misdemeanor (14-269)

Stun guns not allowed on educational property (14-269.2)

Stun guns not allowed to be carried by felons (14-415.1) -Click here for legal models.

N. Dakota

Legal

62.1-01-01 Considered dangerous weapon, but legal

Possession in liquor establishment or gaming site prohibited (62.1-02-04)

Other than LE, cannot carry in concealed manner (62.1-04-02)

License required to carry concealed (62.1-04-03) -Click here for legal models.

Ohio

Legal

2923.11 Weapon definition, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

Oklahoma

Legal

No definition statute

Use of electronic dart gun while committing felony shall be guilty of separate offense (1287)

Electric dart gun not listed in Unlawful Carry statute (1272) -Click here for legal models.

Oregon

Legal

161.015 Physical force includes the use of an electrical stun gun

Knowing discharge of electrical stun gun against a law enforcement officer is a Class C felony -Click here for legal models.

Penn.

Legal

908 Considered an offensive weapon - Definition: Any stun gun, TASER device or other electronic or electric weapon
908.1 Electronic incapacitation device

A person may use with reasonable force in defense of person or property (908.1)

No person prohibited from possessing firearm may possess electronic incapacitation device (908.1) -Click here for legal models.

Rhode Island

Illegal

11-47-42 Stun weapons prohibited

No person shall carry or possess or attempt to use against another

No person shall carry concealed upon his person

Punishable by fine less than $1,000 or imprisonment for less than 1 year or both and weapon shall be confiscated

South Carolina

Legal

No definition statute

None -Click here for legal models.

South Dakota

Legal

22-1-2 Stun gun definition: Battery-powered, pulsed electrical device of high voltage or low/no amperage that can disrupt the central nervous system and cause temporary loss of person's voluntary muscle control

If committing a felony while armed with stun gun is Class 5 felony (22-14-13.1) -Click here for legal models.

Tenn.

Legal

39-11-106 Defined as dangerous weapon, but legal

Legal for regular citizen use with no training certificate required. Applicants for private security officer/guard registration who will carry stun gun to use in the line of duty must obtain certified training (62-35-118) -Click here for legal models.

Texas

Legal

46.01 No applicable definition

None -Click here for legal models.

Utah

Legal

76-10-501 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

Vermont

Legal

4003/4016 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

Virginia

Legal

18.2-308.1 Stun weapon definition: Emits an electronic charge exceeding 5 milliamp 60 hertz shock and used for temporarily incapacitating a person
TASER device definition: Emits electronic charge or shock through use of projectile and used to temporarily incapacitate a person

Legal for LE and regular citizen.Possession or transportation of TASER device by convicted felon is Class 6 felony (18.2-308.2) -Click here for legal models.

Wash.

Legal

9.41.250 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

West Virginia

Legal

61-7-2 Defined as weapon, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

Wisc.

Legal

941-295 Electric weapon = intended to be used and reasonably capable of producing bodily injury

Legal for LE and regular citizen. To carry on person concealed a "Carrying Concealed Weapon License" is required. -Click here for legal models.

Wyoming

Legal

6-1-104 Defined as weapon, but legal

None -Click here for legal models.

DETAILED CITY & COUNTRY SUMMARY

CITIES WHERE STUN GUNS ARE RESTRICTED:
ANNAPOLIS, MD
BALTIMORE, MD
BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD
CHICAGO, IL
DENSION / CRAWFORD COUNTY, IA
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
PHILADELPHIA

COUNTRIES WHERE STUN GUNS ARE RESTRICTED:

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

 

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