TASER® Laws in 50 States

TASER® Devices 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 most recent states to legalize TASER® Devices and stun guns for citizen use. Scroll down to view a summary of the state laws concerning the possession and use of TASER® 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
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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 all models
Arizona
13-105 Dangerous instrument or weapon definition
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Arkansas
5-1-102 Weapon definition, but legal
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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 all 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 all 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.

Substitute Connecticut House Bill No. 6491, Public Act No. 21-31 (number 6 page 2)

Legal in home;

Stun weapons can be carried on the person or in a car if they possess a Connecticut weapons carry permit. Owner must be at least 21 years of age - Click here for all models
Delaware
222 Dangerous instrument or weapon definition, but legal
Legal, but permit required to carry consealed - Click here for all models
District of Columbia
7-2501.01 Destructive device definition: Any device intended to stun or disable a person by means of electric shock
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Florida
790.001 Electric weapon or device through use of electrical current; intended for offensive or defensive purposes

Legal

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 all 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

Lega

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 all 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
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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 all 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

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Iowa
702.7 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
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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 all models

Kentucky
500.080 Dangerous instrument and weapon definition but legal
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Louisiana
Title 14 §2 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
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Maine
17 AMRS §2 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
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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 all models

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

Legal

Legal, but permit required to carry consealed. Click here for all 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 permit to carry. Click here for all 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
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Mississippi
97-37-1 Weapons definition, but legal
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Missouri
556.061 Dangerous instrument and weapon definition, but legal
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Montana
45-2-101 Defined as weapon, but legal
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Nebraska
28-109 Defined as weapon, but legal
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Nevada
202.253 Not considered firearm
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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 all 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 all models
New Mexico
30-1-12 Defined as weapon, but legal
Legal, but permit required to carry consealed - Click here for all models
New York
265.00 Both Projectile and direct contact stun guns legal as of May of 2019 - 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 - Electronic stun gun definition: Designed to momentarily stun, knock out or paralyze a person by pressing weapon against body and pulling trigger
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 all models

 

North Carolina
No definition statute

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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 all 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)

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Ohio
2923.11 Weapon definition, but legal
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Oklahoma
No definition statute

Legal

Use of electronic dart gun while committing felony shall be guilty of separate offense (1287)

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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 all models

Pennsylvania
908 Con sidered 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)

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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
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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 all models

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

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Texas
46.01 No applicable definition
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Utah
76-10-501 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
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Vermont
4003/4016 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
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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
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Washington
9.41.250 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal
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West Virginia
61-7-2 Defined as weapon, but legal
Legal, but permit required to carry consealed - Click here for all 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 all models

Wyoming
6-1-104 Defined as weapon, but legal
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DETAILED CITY & COUNTRY SUMMARY


CITIES WHERE STUN GUNS ARE RESTRICTED:

CHICAGO, IL

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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