Stun Gun Info Laws & Restrictions

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Frequently Asked Stun Gun Questions

Q: Are stun guns legal to own?
A: YES, this is has been a common misunderstanding for many years. It is 100% legal to own a stun gun for civilian self-defense as long as you’re not a minor, have no felony record and intend to use it ONLY for self-defense in states / localities where it is legal to do so.

Q: For it to be legal to carry a stun gun, does it have to be concealed?
A: This will all depend on your state/city/county that you live in. Since there are so many different laws for different states, we recommend that you contact your local law enforcement office for any details that they can offer on the topic.

Q: Am I allowed to keep a stun gun in my car or purse?
A: Different regions have different regulations and laws. For almost all states, this is perfectly legal and not a problem. If you want the most precise answer for the city that you live in, we recommend contacting your local law enforcement office for details. 99% of the time we have found that it’s perfectly legal to keep a stun gun in your car or purse as long as stun guns are legal in your state.

Traveling with a stun gun

This will depend on where you are going and how you plan to carry the stun gun. According to the Transportation Security Administration, stun guns and personal self-defense sprays are allowed to be in checked baggage with restrictions. Stun guns are prohibited though from bringing them in carry-on baggage. Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. If you would like more information regarding stun gun traveling laws, please visit the Transportation Security Administration site.

It is important to understand that while it may be 100% legal to own and possess a stun gun within your state, it may not be legal to possess in a state you are driving to, even if it is concealed. Before traveling you should check the laws for each state even if you are just passing through one state to get to another.

Shipping Restrictions

States We do NOT ship Stuns Guns To:

Rhode Island

States with stun gun Restrictions:

Illinois* – FOID card required to purchase (we ship with copy emailed to us, except Chicago where illegal)
Wisconsin* – CCW required to purchase (we ship with copy emailed to us)

Counties We do NOT ship Stuns Guns To:

New Castle County, DE
Crawford County, IA

Cities We do NOT ship Stuns Guns To:

Chicago, IL
Denison City, IA
Wilmington, DE
Ruston, WA
Ocean City, MD* – CCW required to purchase (we ship with copy emailed to us)

*License and ID must be emailed to us before we can ship to these areas. Please reference order number in email. If license is not received order will not be shipped.

Annapolis voted to repeal its ban on February 27, 2017
Baltimore city’s ban, in response to a lawsuit, was repealed on May 15, 2017
Baltimore County repealed its local ordinance in April 2017
Howard County, facing a lawsuit over its ban on stun guns, repealed its law on February 21, 2017
New Orleans’ ban on stun guns was challenged in November 2016 and was eventually repealed on April 3, 2017.
Philadelphia repealed its 1977 stun gun ban in late October 2017
Tacoma’s ban was repealed on June 27, 2017
Newark, DE – now legal – repealed  ban Feb 2020

Stun guns are legal for civilian self-defense in most states as long as you are not a minor, do not have any felony record and ONLY use it for self defense.

Specific Stun Gun Statutes Per State (A-Z)

The laws listed below were last updated June 2020.

Alabama Legal without major restrictions. Stun guns are not allowed to be possessed on School property including storage in a vehicle on school property.

Alaska Legal without major restrictions. No restrictions in Alaska state law concerning stun guns.    Alaska Stat. 11.81.900

Arizona Legal without major restrictions   Ariz. Rev. Stat. 13-3117

Arkansas Legal without major restrictions    Ark. Code 5-73-133

California Legal without major restriction    Ca. Penal-code 22610

Colorado Legal No restrictions in Colorado State law for stun guns.    Colo. Rev. Stat. 18-12-106.5

Connecticut Legal No permit for Home/Business use. Permit required to carry outside of your home.    Conn. Gen. Stat. 53-206

Delaware Legal without major restrictions    Del. Code Ann. tit. 11 1443

District of Columbia (DC) Legal to posses. Not allowed in a building or office occupied by the DC government.    Metropolitan Police Dept.

Florida Legal without major restrictions    Fl. Stat. Ann. 790.01

Georgia Legal without major restrictions    Ga. Code Ann. 16.11.131

Hawaii Illegal    Haw. Rev. Stat. 134-16

Idaho Legal without major restrictions    Idaho Code Ann. 18-3325

Illinois Legal with required FOID card – Illegal in Chicago even with FOID card

Indiana Legal It is legal to purchase and own a stun gun for protection.    Indiana code 35-47-8-5

Iowa Legal without major restrictions – Illegal in Denison and Crawford Counties

Kansas Legal without major restrictions

Kentucky Legal without major restrictions

Louisiana Legal without major restrictions    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. 14:2

Maine Legal No permit required

Maryland Legal No permit required    Md. Code, Crim. Law § 4-109 (2019)

Massachusetts Legal No permit required. The US Supreme Court struck down the Massachusetts Ban on Stun Guns. They can be owned and kept in your home but they may not be legal to carry outside the home.    Mass. C140 Sec131J

Michigan Legal The US Supreme Court struck down the Massachusetts Ban on Stun Guns. They can be owned and kept in your home but they are not legal to carry outside the home. Tasers are legal to carry with CCW, stun guns are not. (Bill to legalize stun guns passed house Jan 2020)   Mich. Comp. Laws 750.231

Minnesota Legal No permit required    Minn. Stat. 624.731

Mississippi Legal No permit required for open carry. Permit required for concealed carry    Miss. Statutes:  45-9-101

Missouri Legal without major restrictions

Montana Legal No restrictions in Montana State law concerning stun guns.

Nebraska Legal without major restrictions

Nevada Legal No permit required    Nev. Rev. Stat. 202.357

New Hampshire Legal without major restrictions

New Jersey Legal without major restrictions    N.J.A.C. 13:54-5.8

New Mexico Legal No permit required for open carry. Permit required for concealed carry

New York Legal without major restrictions    N.Y. Penal Law § 265.00 (2019)

North Carolina Legal No permit required – Restrictions: No concealed carry outside of own premises.    N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. 14-269

North Dakota Legal No permit required. Stun guns are exempt from the definition of “dangerous weapons”.    N.D. license info

Ohio Legal without major restrictions

Oklahoma Legal without major restrictions

Oregon Legal without major restrictions

Pennsylvania Legal without major restrictions    Pa. Title 18, Section 908.1    Pa. Con. Stat. 6105

Rhode Island Illegal    R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. 11-47-42

South Carolina Legal without major restrictions    S.C. Code Ann. 16-23-430

South Dakota Legal without major restrictions    SD Chapter 22-14

Tennessee Legal without major restrictions    Tn. General Laws

Texas Legal without major restrictions    Tx. General Laws

Utah Legal without major restrictions

Vermont Legal without major restrictions

Virginia Legal without major restrictions    Va. Ann. Code 18.2-308.2

Washington Legal without major restrictions    Wa. General Laws  – Illegal in Ruston, WA City Ordinance 9.11.015 Bans Stun Devices/Electric Weapons.

West Virginia Legal without major restrictions

Wisconsin Legal with required CCW license    Wis. Stat. § 941.295(2g)

Wyoming Legal without major restrictions

The above list is to help you understand some of the laws in your area and may not be totally accurate or complete. accepts no responsibility for its accuracy or completeness.
Please check stun gun laws in your area to be sure.

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