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SUMMARY

Countries where Stun Guns and TASER® Devices are Restricted

Australia                                       Japan
Belgium                                        New Zealand
Canada                                        Norway
Denmark                                      Sweden
Hong Kong                                  Switzerland
India (Police Use only)              United Kingdom
Italy

Cities where Stun Guns and TASER® ECD Devices are Illegal

Annapolis, MD
Baltimore, MD (including Baltimore County)
Chicago, IL
Denison/Crawford County, IA (*Sheriff Tom Hogan)
District of Columbia
Philadelphia, PA

State Restrictions

ALABAMA: Legal for both Police & Consumer use

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

Restriction: None

ALASKA: Legal

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

Restrictions:

  • 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

13-105 Dangerous instrument or weapon definition

Restriction: None

ARKANSAS: Legal

5-1-102 Weapon definition, but legal

Restriction: None

CALIFORNIA: Legal

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

Restrictions: 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)

COLORADO: Legal

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

Restriction: Use of stun gun in commission of criminal offense is a Class 5 felony (18-12-106.5)

CONNECTICUT: Legal for police; Legal at home for consumers

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

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);
  • 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)

DELAWARE: Legal

222 Dangerous instrument or weapon definition, but legal

Restriction: None

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Legal for police; Illegal unless consumer can get firearm registration

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

Restrictions:

  • 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

FLORIDA: Legal

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

Restrictions:

  • 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)

GEORGIA: Legal

16-11-106 Definitions: Stun guns and TASER® 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.

Restrictions:

  • 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)

HAWAII: Legal for police; Illegal for consumers

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

Restrictions:

  • 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)

IDAHO: Legal

Use 18 USC 930 Listed as dangerous weapon but legal

Restriction: None

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

Restriction: •Handgun license required. (Apply for a FOID card) (5/24-1)

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.

Restriction: Electric stun weapons and TASER® are subject to different laws than stun guns; TASER® subject to requirement of handgun license (35-47-8-4)

IOWA: Legal

702.7 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal

Restriction: None

KANSAS: Legal

21-4201 Defined as weapon, but legal

Restriction:

  • Weapons as to schools includes electronic devices designed to discharge immobilizing levels of electricity aka stun gun (72-89a01)

KENTUCKY: Legal

500.080 Dangerous instrument and weapon definition but legal

Restriction: none

LOUISIANA: Legal

Title 14 §2 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal

Restriction: None

MAINE: Legal

17 AMRS §2 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal

Restriction: None

MARYLAND: Legal

4-101 Defined as dangerous weapon, but legal

Restriction: None

MASSACHUSETTS: Legal for police; Illegal for consumer

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

Restriction: 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

Restrictions:

  • 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 incapacitatation device definition: Portable device designed to temporarily immobilize or incapacitate persons by means of electric pulse or current.

Restrictions:

  • 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

MISSISSIPPI: Legal

97-37-1 Weapons definition, but legal

Restriction: None

MISSOURI: Legal

556.061 Dangerous instrument and weapon definition, but legal

Restriction: None

MONTANA: Legal

45-2-101 Defined as weapon, but legal

Restriction: None

NEBRASKA: Legal

28-109 Defined as weapon, but legal

Restriction: None

NEVADA: Legal

202.253 Not considered firearm

Restriction: None

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

Restrictions:

  • 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)

NEW JERSEY: Illegal

2C:39-1 not legal – Stun gun definition: Emits an electrical charge or current intended to temporarily or permanently disable a person

Restriction: •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

30-1-12 Defined as weapon, but legal

Restriction: None

NEW YORK: Legal for police; Illegal for consumers

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

Restrictions:

  • 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

Restrictions:

  • 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)

NORTH DAKOTA: Legal

62.1-01-01 considered dangerous weapon, but legal

Restrictions:

  • 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)

OHIO: Legal

2923.11 Weapon definition, but legal

Restriction: None

OKLAHOMA: Legal

No definition statute

Restriction:

  • 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

161.015 Physical force includes the use of an electrical stun gun

Restriction:

Knowing discharge of electrical stun gun against a law enforcement officer is a Class C felony

PENNSYLVANIA: Legal

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

Restrictions:

  • 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)

RHODE ISLAND: Legal for police; Illegal for consumers

11-47-42 Stun weapons prohibited

Restrictions:

  • 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

Restriction: None

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

Restriction:

  • If committing a felony while armed with stun gun is Class 5 felony (22-14-13.1)

TENNESSEE: legal

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

Restriction:

  • 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)

TEXAS: Legal

46.01 No applicable definition

Restriction: None

UTAH: Legal

76-10-501 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal

Restriction: None

VERMONT: Legal

4003/4016 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal

Restriction: None

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

Restriction:

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

WASHINGTON: Legal

9.41.250 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal

Restriction: None

WEST VIRGINIA: Legal

61-7-2 Defined as weapon, but legal

Restriction: None

WISCONSIN: Legal

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

Restriction:

  • Legal for LE and regular citizen. To carry on person concealed a “Carrying Concealed Weapon License” is required.

WYOMING: Legal

6-1-104 Defined as weapon, but legal

Restriction: None