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The staff at StunGuardStore.com thanks you for visiting our personal security web site. The Laws and Restrictions for Stun Guns section is to assist you in your purchase decision.  While our staff is dedicated to providing you the most accurate and updated information, you should consult your local and state authorities for the most current legal information. If you have any other questions regarding stun gun laws and restrictions, please e-mail us at Customer Service. Our customer service department will make every effort to address your questions promptly.


Locations where StunGuardStore.com products are restricted (illegal):
States Cities / Counties Countries *
• Connecticut • Annapolis, MD • Australia
• Hawaii • Anne Arundel County, MD • Belgium
• Illinois • Baltimore City, MD • Canada
• Massachusetts • Baltimore County, MD • Denmark
• Michigan • Chicago, IL • Hong Kong
• New Jersey • Crawford County, IA • India ¥
• New York • Denison, IA • Italy
• Rhode Island • District of Columbia • Japan
• Wisconsin • Harford County, MD • New Zealand
• Howard County, MD • Norway
• Philadelphia, PA
• Sweden
• Switzerland
• United Kingdom
* StunGuardStore.com does not accept international orders, including orders from Canada.
¥ Police use only.

Liability Disclaimer:

Absolutely no sales to minors under 18 years of age or any person who falls in one of the following categories: convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for any terms; fugitive from Justice (requires interstate flight to avoid prosecution or testimony in a criminal case); drug users or addicts (may be shown by recent conviction for use, recent possession of drugs, or recent arrest for use of drugs, or positive drug tests); aliens illegally or unlawfully within the US or those lawfully admitted in non-immigrant status (i.e. aliens without permanent residence status); mental defectives or persons committed to a mental institution; formally renounced US citizenship; dishonorably discharged from the military; subject to a court order prohibiting harassing, stalking, or threatening of an intimate partner or child of an intimate partner or placing such persons in reasonable fear of bodily injury; and convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

It is the responsibility of the buyer and not the seller (StunGuardStore.com) to ascertain and obey all applicable federal, state and local laws in regard to the possession and use of all products on this site.

By placing an order the buyer represents that he/she is of legal age, he/she does not fall in one of the above categories and that the products will be used in a legal manner. StunGuardStore.com cannot assume any liability for the use of these products and recommend the buyer become familiar with the laws in their city, state, province, that regulates the use and possession of these products. If you are in doubt, please consult your local and state authorities before ordering. StunGuardStore.com cannot and will not process any orders which are placed from a restricted area and ship to another location.

Penal Codes for Stun Guns

State Restrictions:

State Consumer Use Consumer Restriction(s)
Alabama Legal n/a
Alaska 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)
Arizona Legal Unlawful to sell an authorized remote stun gun without keeping accurate records (13-3117)
Arkansas Legal • No one 18 or under can purchase or possess a TASER® gun (5-73-133)
California Legal • Cannot possess TASER® in state or local public building or public open meeting (171b (a) (5)) or in sterile area of airport (171.5) or school grounds (626.10)
Colorado Legal • Use of stun gun in commission of criminal offense is a Class 5 felony (18-12-106.5)
Connecticut Legal with Restrictions • 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);
• Prohibits the carrying of a Stunning Device on the person unless that person has obtained a dangerous weapons permit. However, there are no state-wide permits, only local permits; the permit is only good in that particular town and would be illegal elsewhere. Anyone selling such a weapon must notify the chief of police with that information within 24 hours of the delivery. Therefore Stunning Devices can be sold and it can be kept in your place of business or home, but you cannot carry it on your person without a permit which is only good within the limits of the city in which it was issued (53-206a);
• Criminal use of electronic defense weapon is Class D felony (53a-216);
• Criminal possession of electronic defense weapon is Class D felony (53a-217)
Delaware Legal n/a
District of Columbia Prohibited

• 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 a license (7-25-4.01)
• LE and military permitted use (7-2502-.01)  

Details:
§ 7-2501.01. Definitions [Formerly § 6-2302]
(7) "Destructive device" means:
(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
  § 7-2502.01. Registration requirements [Formerly § 6-2311]
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this unit, 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 the person or organization holds a valid registration certificate for the firearm. A registration certificate may be issued:
(1) To an organization if:
(A) The organization employs at least 1 commissioned special police officer or employee licensed to carry a firearm whom the organization arms during the employee's duty hours; and
(B) The registration is issued in the name of the organization and in the name of the president or chief executive officer of the organization;
(2) In the discretion of the Chief of Police, to a police officer who has retired from the Metropolitan Police Department; or
(3) In the discretion of the Chief of Police, to the Fire Marshal and any member of the Fire and Arson Investigation Unit of the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Fire Department of the District of Columbia, who is designated in writing by the Fire Chief, for the purpose of enforcing the arson and fire safety laws of the District of Columbia.
(b) Subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to:
(1) Any law enforcement officer or agent of the District or the United States, or any law enforcement officer or agent of the government of any state or subdivision thereof, or any member of the armed forces of the United States, the National Guard or organized reserves, when such officer, agent, or member is authorized to possess such a firearm or device while on duty in the performance of official authorized functions;
(2) Any person holding a dealer's license; provided, that the firearm or destructive device is:
(A) Acquired by such person in the normal conduct of business;
(B) Kept at the place described in the dealer's license; and
(C) Not kept for such person's private use or protection, or for the protection of his business

§ 7-2504.01. Manufacture of firearms, destructive devices or ammunition prohibited; requirement for dealer's license [Formerly § 6-2341]
(a) No person or organization shall manufacture any firearm, destructive device or parts thereof, or ammunition, within the District; provided, that persons holding registration certificates may engage in hand loading, reloading, or custom loading ammunition for his registered firearms; provided further, that such person may not hand load, reload, or custom load ammunition for others.
(b) No person or organization shall engage in the business of selling, purchasing, or repairing any firearm, destructive device, parts therefor, or ammunition, without first obtaining a dealer's license, and no licensee shall engage in the business of selling, purchasing, or repairing firearms which are un-registerable under § 7-2502.02, destructive devices, or parts therefor, except pursuant to a valid work or purchase order, for those persons specified in § 7-2502.01(b)(1).

§ 7-2505.01. Sales and transfers prohibited [Formerly § 6-2351]
No person or organization shall sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of any firearm, destructive device or ammunition in the District except as provided in § 7-2502.10(c), § 7-2505.02, or § 7-2507.05.

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

Florida Legal with restrictions • Can carry nonlethal stun gun or dart-firing stun gun in concealed manner but only for self-defense purposes (790.01) • License to carry concealed electric weapon or device (790.06)
• Open carrying of weapons allowed for nonlethal stun gun or dart-firing stun gun (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)
Georgia 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)
• TASER® and Electronic Weapons Act and law enforcement use (35-8-26)
Hawaii 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)  

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

Idaho Legal n/a
Illinois Prohibited - Requires firearm license - Illinois residents may only purchase from local authorized dealer • Cannot carry/possess with unlawful intent or concealed unless at home or principal place of business (5/24-1)
• More unlawful use limitations listed punishable at various levels (5/24-1)
• More aggravated unlawful use limitations listed punishable as Class 4 felony (5/24-1.6)

1. In order to possess a TASER® or stun gun, an individual must have a valid FOID card, as is currently required for firearms.
2. Sellers of TASER® or stun guns must check the buyers FOID card and keep the record of sale for ten years, the same requirements for firearms sales.
3. When a licensed firearms dealer sells a Taser or stun gun, they must request a background check of the buyer.
4. The 24-hour waiting period required for long guns, shotguns, and rifles, will also apply to TASER® and stun gun purchases.
Indiana Legal • TASER®s subject to requirement of handgun license (35-47-8-4)
Iowa Legal except
Prohibited in Denison / Crawford County
n/a
Kansas Legal • Weapons as to schools includes electronic devices designed to discharge immobilizing levels of electricity aka stun gun (72-89a01)
Kentucky Legal n/a
Louisiana Legal n/a
Maine Legal n/a
Maryland Legal except
Prohibited in Annapolis, Baltimore & Howard County
n/a
Massachusetts Prohibited 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.
Michigan Prohibited The Michigan Penal Code Act 328 of 1931. Chapter 750.224a Portable device or weapon directing electrical current, impulse, wave, or beam; sale or possession prohibited; testing. (1) A person shall not sell, offer for sale, or possess in this state a portable device or weapon from which an electric current, impulse, wave or beam is designed to incapacitate temporarily, injure, or kill. (3) A person who violates this section is guilty of a felony. Device capable of electro-muscular disruption must contain identification and tracking system that is traceable to the purchaser through the manufacturer Permitted possession and use by a peace officer, employee of department of corrections authorized by director, local corrections officer authorized by county sheriff, probation officer, court officer, bail agent, license private investigator, or properly trained aircraft pilot or crew.
SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in Michigan.
Minnesota Legal • A person may use with reasonable force in defense of person or property only if the device is labeled with or accompanied by instructions as to its use and dangers(624-731)
• Devices must be according to local licensing requirements (624-731)
Mississippi Legal n/a
Missouri Legal n/a
Montana Legal n/a
Nebraska Legal n/a
Nevada Legal • Only use for self-defense (202-257)
• Under 18 cannot possess an electronic stun device (202-357)
New Hampshire Legal • Felon 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)
New Jersey Prohibited New Jersey State Law. New Jersey Stat. Ann. Title 2C. New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice. Chapter 39-1. Prohibited weapons and devices. (Section "r" summarized from Chapter 2C:39-1) "Weapon" means anything readily capable of lethal use or of inflicting serious bodily injury. The term includes, but is not limited to all (4) stun guns; and any weapon or (this section refers to tear gas and has been updated in 1995) other device which projects, releases, or emits tear gas or any other substance intended to produce temporary physical discomfort or permanent injury through being vaporized or otherwise dispensed in the air. (t) "Stun gun" means any weapon or other device which emits an electrical charge or current intended to temporarily or permanently disable a person. Senate, No. 2871 -- L.1985, c. 360 Senate Bill No. 2781, as amended by the Senate Law, Public Safety and Defense Committee, prohibits as a crime of the fourth degree the possession of a stun gun by any person, including a law enforcement officer. A crime of the fourth degree carries a penalty of imprisonment for up to 18 months, a fine of up to $7,500, or both. Prior to being amended the bill classified possession of a crime in the third degree. {Editor’s Note: According to Len Lawson of NJ Legislative Council, (609) 292-4625) NJ does not classify crimes in felonies versus misdemeanors. The highest crimes are in first degree on down to fourth degree. A fourth degree penalty is a serious charge and is generally considered a misdemeanor in common terms. It is however an indictable offense. A fourth degree crime does contain "a presumption of non-custodial sentencing," meaning that there is not imprisonment if there are no prior convictions. In some cases the sentencing is obviated from one’s record if there is a period of good behavior following the charge.} The committee amended the bill to include a provision authorizing the Attorney General, at his discretion, to exempt law enforcement officers from the prohibition against possession stun guns. The bill also was amended by the committee to include stun guns in the definition of "weapon" in paragraph r. N.J.S. 2C:39-1. (Chapter 2C:39-1) (h) Stun guns. Any person who knowingly has in his possession any stun gun is guilty of a crime in the fourth degree.
SUMMARY: Possession is banned of Stunning Devices in New Jersey.
New Mexico Legal n/a
New York Prohibited 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.
North Carolina Legal • Unlawful to carry stun gun in a concealed manner (except on own premises) punishable as a Class 2 misdemeanor (14-269)
• Stun guns generally not allowed on educational property (14-269.2)
North Dakota 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 to carry concealed dangerous weapon (62.1-04-03)
Ohio Legal n/a
Oklahoma 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)
Oregon Legal • Reckless discharge of electrical stun gun against another person is a Class A misdemeanor (163-212)
• Knowing discharge of electrical stun gun against a LE officer, EMT… is a Class C felony (163-213)
Pennsylvania Legal except
Prohibited in Philadelphia
• Possession or use of electronic incapacitation device for unlawful purpose constitutes a 2nd degree felony with intent or 1st degree misdemeanor otherwise (908.1)
• A person possess and 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)
Rhode Island Prohibited 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.   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
SUMMARY: Possession and use of Stunning Devices are banned.
South Carolina Legal • Individual who takes a stun gun or TASER® device from a law enforcement officer is guilty of a felony (16-23-415)
South Dakota Legal • Prohibited on elementary and secondary school premises by other than LE officer (13-32-7)
• Commission of felony while armed with stun gun is Class 5 felony (22-14-13.1)
• Prohibited in county courthouse (22-14-23)
Tennessee Legal • Applicants for private security officer/guard registration who will carry stun gun must obtain certified training (62-35-118 and 62-35-125)
Texas Legal • Individual who takes a stun gun from a law enforcement officer is guilty of a felony (38-14)
Utah Legal n/a
Vermont Legal n/a
Virginia Legal • Individual who takes a stun gun from a law enforcement officer is guilty of a felony (18-2-57-02) • Prohibited in a courthouse, airport terminal, and on school property - does not apply to LE officer (18-2-283-1, 18-2-287-01, and 18-2-308-1)
• Possession or transportation of stun gun or  TASER® (except in own residence)  by convicted felon is Class 6 felony (18.2-308.2)
Washington Legal n/a
West Virginia Legal n/a
Wisconsin Prohibited Wisconsin Sta. Ann. Chapter 939. Crimes - General Provisions. Chapter 939.22 Words and phrases defined. (10) Dangerous weapon" means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded ***; any device designed as a weapon and capable of producing great harm ***; any electric weapon, as defined in s. 941.295(4); or any other device or instrumentality which, in the manner it is used or intended to be used, is calculated or likely to produce death or great bodily harm. Chapter 941.295 Possession of electric weapon. Subsection (1) On or after July 1, 1982, whoever sells, transports, manufactures, possesses or goes armed with any electric weapon is guilty of a Class E felony. Subsection (4) In this section, "electric weapon" means any device which is designed, redesigned, used or intended to be used, offensively or defensively, to immobilize or incapacitate persons by the use electric current. Selling, transporting, manufacturing or going armed with electric weapon is a Class H felony Not applicable to peace officers, military, and corrections personnel
SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned.
Wyoming Legal n/a

City/County Restrictions for Stun Guns:

City / County Consumer Use Consumer Restriction(s)
Annapolis, MD Illegal n/a
Baltimore, MD Illegal 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).
Baltimore County, MD Illegal n/a
Chicago, IL Illegal Publisher’s Note: The following jurisdictions require waiting periods or notifications to law enforcement officials before weapons may be delivered to purchasers:
Chicago - application approval/denial for:
(1) Registration : 120 days
(2) Re-registration: e.g., by an heir, 365 days)
SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in Chicago. (More information required on City of Chicago Ordinance)
Crawford County, IA Illegal DENSION / CRAWFORD COUNTY, IA ("According to Sheriff Tom Hogan")
Denison, IA Illegal DENSION / CRAWFORD COUNTY, IA ("According to Sheriff Tom Hogan")
District of Columbia Prohibited See District of Columbia under State Restrictions
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).
Philadelphia, PA Illegal Philadelphia City Ordinance. Statute 10-825 Stun Guns.
(1) Definitions. (a) Stun Gun. Any device which expels or projects a projectile which, upon coming in contact with a person, is capable of inflicting injury or an electric shock to such person.
(2) Prohibited conduct. Nor person shall own, use, possess, sell or otherwise transfer any "stun gun."
(3) Penalty. Any person violating any provision of this section shall be subject to a fine or not more than three hundred (300) dollars and /or imprisonment for not more than ninety (90 days.)
New York City, NY Illegal Administrative Code of the City of New York 10-135 Prohibition on sale and possession of electronic stun guns.
a. As used in this section, "electronic stun gun" shall mean any device designed primarily as a weapon, the purpose of which is to stun, render unconscious or paralyze a person by passing an electronic shock to such person, but shall not include an "electronic dart gun" as such term is defined in section 265.00 of the penal law.
b. It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale or to have in his or her possession within the jurisdiction of the city any electronic gun.
c. Violation of this section shall be a class A misdemeanor. [Exemptions under this section are provided for police officers operating under regular department procedures or guidelines and for manufacturers of electronic stun guns scheduled for bulk shipment.
NOTE: The electronic stun gun is not a "firearm" under the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 because it does not "...expel a projectile by the action of an explosive..."]
SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in New York City

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