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Taser Guns and stun guns are not considered firearms. They can be legally owned in 45 states. Scroll down to view a summary of the state laws concerning the possession and use of Taser Guns and Stun Guns. In addition, this website features over 75 pages of TASER® product facts, frequently asked questions, informative videos, huge savings on TASER® products and more! Scroll through the "Quick Links" on the left of this page or select one of the models below!

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TASER Laws

State
Police Use
Consumer Use
State Statute Summary or Definition
Restriction(s)
Alabama
Legal
Legal
13A-1-2 Dangerous instrument or weapon definition, but legal
None - Click here for legal models
Alaska
Legal
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
Legal
13-105 Dangerous instrument or weapon definition
None - Click here for legal models
Arkansas
Legal
Legal
5-1-102 Weapon definition, but legal
None - Click here for legal models
California
Legal
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
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
 
Connecticut
Legal
Legal in home
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.
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
Legal
222 Dangerous instrument or weapon definition, but legal
None - Click here for legal models
District of Columbia
Legal
Prohibited unless can get firearm registration
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
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
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
Legal
Prohibited
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
Legal
Use 18 USC 930 Listed as dangerous weapon but legal
None - Click here for legal models
Illinois
Legal
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. (Apply for a FOID card) (5/24-1)- Click here for legal models
Indiana
Legal
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
Legal
702.7 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
None - Click here for legal models
Kansas
Legal
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
Legal
500.080 Dangerous instrument and weapon definition but legal
None - Click here for legal models
Louisiana
Legal
Legal
Title 14 §2 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
None - Click here for legal models
Maine
Legal
Legal
17 AMRS §2 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
None - Click here for legal models
Maryland
Legal
Legal
4-101 Defined as dangerous weapon, but legal
None - Click here for legal models
Massachusetts
?
Prohibited
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
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 before carrying. Training certificate can be acquired at many larger gun shops Click here to apply for a concealed pistol license.  - Click here for legal models
Minnesota
Legal
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
Mississippi
Legal
Legal
97-37-1 Weapons definition, but legal
None - Click here for legal models
Missouri
Legal
Legal
556.061 Dangerous instrument and weapon definition, but legal
None - Click here for legal models
Montana
Legal
Legal
45-2-101 Defined as weapon, but legal
None - Click here for legal models
Nebraska
Legal
Legal
28-109 Defined as weapon, but legal
None - Click here for legal models
Nevada
Legal
Legal
202.253 Not considered firearm
None - Click here for legal models
New Hampshire
Legal
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
Prohibited
Prohibited
2C:39-1 Not legal - Stun gun definition: Emits an electrical charge or current intended to temporarily or permanently disable a person
Any person who knowingly has in his possession any stun gun is guilty of a crime of the 4th degree (2C:39-3
New Mexico
Legal
Legal
30-1-12 Defined as weapon, but legal
None - Click here for legal models
New York
Legal
Prohibited
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
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
North Dakota
Legal
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
Legal
2923.11 Weapon definition, but legal
None - Click here for legal models
Oklahoma
Legal
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
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
Pennsylvania
Legal
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
?
Prohibited
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
Legal
No definition statute
None - Click here for legal models
South Dakota
Legal
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
Tennessee
Legal
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
Legal
46.01 No applicable definition
None - Click here for legal models
Utah
Legal
Legal
76-10-501 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
None - Click here for legal models
Vermont
Legal
Legal
4003/4016 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
None - Click here for legal models
Virginia
Legal
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
Washington
Legal
Legal
9.41.250 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
None - Click here for legal models
West Virginia
Legal
Legal
61-7-2 Defined as weapon, but legal
None - Click here for legal models
Wisconsin
Legal
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
Legal
6-1-104 Defined as weapon, but legal
None - Click here for legal models

DETAILED CITY, STATE AND COUNTRY RESTRICTIONS SUMMARY

STATES WHERE STUN GUNS ARE RESTRICTED:

HAWAII
MASSACHUSETTS
NEW JERSEY
NEW YORK
RHODE ISLAND


CITIES WHERE STUN GUNS ARE RESTRICTED:

ANNAPOLIS, MD
BALTIMORE, MD
BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD
CHICAGO, IL
DENSION / CRAWFORD COUNTY, IA (*According to Sheriff Tom Hogan*)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
PHILADELPHIA
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA


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

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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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.

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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ANNAPOLIS: Illegal

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BALTIMORE: Illegal (Including Baltimore County)

Baltimore City Code 115. Stun guns and similar devices. (e) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to sell, give away, lend, rent or transfer to any individual, firm or corporation a stun gun or other electronic device by whatever name or description which discharges a non-projectile electric current within the limits of the City of Baltimore. It further shall be unlawful for any person to possess, fire or discharge any such stun gun or electronic device within the City. Nothing in this subsection shall be held to apply to any member of the Baltimore City Police Department or any other law enforcement officer while in the performance of his or her official duty (Ord. 385. 1985).

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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. No 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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