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TASER Laws

Taser Guns and stun guns are not considered as firearms. They are legal for law enforcement use in all 50 states. They can be legally owned by citizens in 48 states. The states of New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts were the the most recent states to legalize Tasers and stun guns for citizen use. Scroll down to view a summary of the state laws concerning the possession and use of Taser Guns and direct contact Stun Guns.

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TASER Laws

State
State Statute Summary or Definition
Legality
Alabama
13A-1-2 Dangerous instrument or weapon definition, but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
Alaska
11.81.900 Defensive weapon. Electric stun gun not designed to cause death or serious physical injury

Legal

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
13-105 Dangerous instrument or weapon definition
Legal - Click here for legal models
Arkansas
5-1-102 Weapon definition, but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
California
171b Legal, but restricted in government buildings and school grounds
Legal - 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
18-12-101 Stun gun definition: Device capable of temporarily immobilizing a person by the infliction of an electrical charge
Legal - Use of stun gun in commission of criminal offense is a Class 5 felony (18-12-106.5) - Click here for legal models
 
Connecticut
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 o f electronic defense weapon is Class D felony (53a-217) - Click here for legal models
Delaware
222 Dangerous instrument or weapon definition, but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
District of Columbia
7-2501.01 Destructive device definition: Any device intended to stun or disable a person by means of electric shock

Prohibited unless can get firearm registration

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

Legal

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
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

Legal

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

Prohibited

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
Use 18 USC 930 Listed as dangerous weapon but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
Illinois
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

Legal

Handgun license required to own a Taser device in state. Legal for citizen use, with exception of city of Chicago - Click here for legal models

Indiana
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

Legal

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
702.7 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
Kansas
21-4201 Defined as weapon, but legal

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
500.080 Dangerous instrument and weapon definition but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
Louisiana
Title 14 §2 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
Maine
17 AMRS §2 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
Maryland
4-101 Defined as dangerous weapon, but legal

Legal

•Legal throughout entire state (formerly was banned in Baltimore & Annapolis - Ban lifted - Click here for legal models

Massachusetts
N.J.A.C. 13:54-5.8 Electrical weapon ban lifted

Legal

Legal throughout entire state. Owner must be at least 18 years old possess a valid ID, and a Massachusetts Basic Firearms Safety Course certificate. You can purchase a taser, but must aquire the certificate before carrying. Click here to sign up for the training. Click here for legal models.

Michigan
750.224a Definition: Portable device/weapon directing electrical current

Legal

Legal throughout entire state. Owner must be at least 18 years old and possess a firearms license.
You can purchase a taser, but must aquire the license before carrying. Click here for instructions on how to obtain a Michigan Firearms License. Click here for legal models.

Minnesota
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
97-37-1 Weapons definition, but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
Missouri
556.061 Dangerous instrument and weapon definition, but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
Montana
45-2-101 Defined as weapon, but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
Nebraska
28-109 Defined as weapon, but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
Nevada
202.253 Not considered firearm
Legal - Click here for legal models
New Hampshire
159:20 Electronic defense weapon definition: An electronically activated non-lethal device producing an electrical charge sufficient to immobilize or incapacitate a person temporarily

Legal

•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
No definition statute
Legal as of Oct 2017. Must be 18 years of age or older. Must not have any felonies on record, even though background check is not required for purchase.Click here for legal models
New Mexico
30-1-12 Defined as weapon, but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
New York
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
Legal in state of New York as of May 2019. Must be 18 years of age or older. Must not have any felonies on record, even though background check is not required for purchase.Click here for legal models

 

North Carolina
No definition statute

Legal

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
62.1-01-01 Considered dangerous weapon, but legal

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
2923.11 Weapon definition, but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
Oklahoma
No definition statute

Legal

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
161.015 Physical force includes the use of an electrical stun gun

Legal

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

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

Legal

Legal throughout entire state (formerly was banned in Philadelphia - Ban lifted)

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
11-47-42 Stun weapons prohibited

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
No definition statute
Legal - Click here for legal models
South Dakota
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

Legal

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

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

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
46.01 No applicable definition
Legal - Click here for legal models
Utah
76-10-501 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
Vermont
4003/4016 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
Virginia
18.2-308.1 Stun weapon definition: Emits an electronic charge exceeding 5 milliamp 60 hertz shock and used for temporarily incapacitating a person
Legal - Click here for legal models
Washington
9.41.250 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
West Virginia
61-7-2 Defined as weapon, but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models
Wisconsin
941-295 Electric weapon = intended to be used and reasonably capable of producing bodily injury

Legal

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

Wyoming
6-1-104 Defined as weapon, but legal
Legal - Click here for legal models

DETAILED CITY & COUNTRY SUMMARY


CITIES WHERE STUN GUNS ARE RESTRICTED:

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

 

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