Stun Gun Laws

The following list reflects the best information we have at this time and may or may not be complete. In no way should this be regarded as the final word on the legal status of stun devices nor is this list intended to take the place of legal counsel or be looked at as being any form of legal advice. Please check with your local authorities to obtain the latest information on the legality of stun devices in your area. As a reminder, it is the responsibility of the end-user of any of our products to check their local and state laws to determine the legality of that product.

STATES THAT STUN DEVICES ARE RESTRICTED:

  • HAWAII
  • ILLINOIS
  • MASSACHUSETTS
  • MICHIGAN
  • NEW YORK
  • RHODE ISLAND
  • WISCONSIN

CITIES WHERE STUN DEVICES ARE RESTRICTED:

  • ANNAPOLIS, MD
  • DENSION / CRAWFORD COUNTY, IA
  • DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
  • PHILADELPHIA

STATE RESTRICTIONS:

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Illegal District of Columbia Law. DCCode Ann. Title 6, Chapter 23. Firearms Control. Subchapter I. GeneralProvisions 6-2302. (7) "Destructive device" means: (B) "Any device bywhatever name known which will, or is designed, or may be readily convertedor restored, to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or another propellant through a smooth bore barrel, except a shotgun." (D) Any devicedesigned or redesigned, made or remade, or readily converted or restored,and intended to stun or disable a person by means of electric shock.Subchapter II. Firearms and Destructive Devices. General Provision 6 2311.Registration requirements: (a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter,no person or organization in the District of Columbia ("District") shallreceive, possess, control, transfer, offer for sale, sell, give, or deliverany destructive device, and no person or organization in the District shallpossess or control any firearm, unless that person or organization holds avalid registration certificate for the firearm. Subchapter V. Sales andTransfer of Firearms, Destructive Devices, and Ammunition. General Provision6 2351. Sales and transfers prohibited. No person or organization shallsell, transfer or otherwise dispose of any firearm, destructive device orammunition in the District except as provided in *** 6-2352, or 6-2375. SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in Washington, DC.

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HAWAII: Illegal Hawaii State Law. Rev. Stats. Title 10,Chapter 134. Firearms, Ammunition and Dangerous Weapons. Part 1. GeneralRegulations. Chapter 134-1 Definitions. "Electric gun" means any portabledevice that is electrically operated to project a missile or electromotiveforce. Chapter 134-16 Restriction on possession, sale, gift or delivery ofelectric guns. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person, including a licensedmanufacturer, 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 anddisposed of by the chief of police. SUMMARY: Possession and sales ofStunning Devices are banned in Hawaii.

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MASSACHUSETTS: Illegal Massachusetts State Law. Ann. Laws ofMassachusetts. Chapter 140. Sale of Firearms. Section 131J: Sale orpossession of electrical weapons; penalties. Section 131J. No person shallsell, offer for sale or possess a portable device or weapon from which anelectric current, impulse, wave or beam may be directed, which current,impulse, wave or beam is designed to incapacitate temporarily, injure orkill. Whoever violates this provision of this section shall be punished by afine of not less than five hundred nor more than one thousand dollars or byimprisonment for not less than six months nor more than two years in a jailor house of correction, or both. SUMMARY: Possession and sales of StunningDevices are banned in Massachusetts.

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MICHIGAN: Illegal 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 personshall not sell, offer for sale, or possess in this state a portable deviceor weapon from which an electric current, impulse, wave or beam is designedto incapacitate temporarily, injure, or kill. (3) A person who violates thissection is guilty of a felony. SUMMARY: Possession and sales of StunningDevices are banned in Michigan.

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NEW YORK: Illegal New York Consolidated Law (McKinney's)Book 39. Penal Law. Article 265. Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons 265.0015-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 personby passing an electrical shock to such person by means of a dart orprojectile. 15-c. "Electronic stun gun" means any device designed primarilyas a weapon, the purpose of which is to momentarily stun, cause mentaldisorientation, knock out or paralyze a person by passing a high voltageelectrical shock to such person. Article 265.01 Criminal possession of aweapon in the fourth degree. A person is guilty of criminal possession of aweapon in the fourth degree when: (1) He possesses any firearm, electronicdart gun, electronic stun gun ***; or *** SUMMARY: Possession is banned ofStunning Devices in New York.

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RHODE ISLAND: Illegal General Laws of Rhode Island. Title11, Chapter 47. Statute Subsection 11-47-42. Weapons other than firearmsprohibited. - (A) No person shall carry or possess or attempt to use againstanother, any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a *** stungun ***. Any person violating the provisions of this subsection shall bepunished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars (0), or byimprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or both such fine andimprisonment, and the weapon so found shall be confiscated. SUMMARY:Possession and use of Stunning Devices are banned.

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WISCONSIN: Illegal Wisconsin Sta. Ann. Chapter 939. Crimes -General Provisions. Chapter 939.22 Words and phrases defined. (10) Dangerousweapon" means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded ***; any devicedesigned as a weapon and capable of producing great harm ***; any electricweapon, as defined in s. 941.295(4); or any other device or instrumentalitywhich, in the manner, it is used or intended to be used, is calculated orlikely to produce death or great bodily harm. Chapter 941.295 Possession of anelectric weapon. Subsection (1) On or after July 1, 1982, whoever sells,transports, manufactures, possesses or goes armed with any electric weaponis guilty of a Class E felony. Subsection (4) In this section, "electricweapon" means any device which is designed, redesigned, used or intended tobe used, offensively or defensively, to immobilize or incapacitate personsby the use electric current. SUMMARY: Possession and sales of StunningDevices are banned.

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CITY/COUNTY RESTRICTIONS: CHICAGO: Illegal Publisher?s Note:The following jurisdictions require waiting periods or notifications to lawenforcement 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 salesof Stunning Devices are banned in Chicago. (More information required onCity of Chicago Ordinance)

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PHILADELPHIA: Illegal Philadelphia City Ordinance. Statute10-825 Stun Guns. (1) Definitions. (a) Stun Gun. Any device which expels orprojects a projectile which, upon coming in contact with a person, iscapable of inflicting injury or an electric shock to such person. (2)Prohibited conduct. Nor person shall own, use, possess, sell or otherwisetransfer any "stun gun." (3) Penalty. Any person violating any provision ofthis 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.)

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NEW YORK CITY: Illegal Administrative Code of the City ofNew York 10-135 Prohibition on sale and possession of electronic stun guns.a. As used in this section, "electronic stun gun" shall mean any devicedesigned primarily as a weapon, the purpose of which is to stun, renderunconscious or paralyze a person by passing an electronic shock to suchperson, but shall not include an "electronic dart gun" as such term isdefined in section 265.00 of the penal law. b. It shall be unlawful for anyperson to sell or offer for sale or to have in his or her possession withinthe jurisdiction of the city any electronic gun. c. Violation of thissection shall be a class A misdemeanor. [Exemptions under this section areprovided for police officers operating under regular department proceduresor guidelines and for manufacturers of electronic stun guns scheduled forbulk shipment. NOTE: The electronic stun gun is not a "firearm" under theFederal Gun Control Act of 1968 because it does not "...expel a projectileby the action of an explosive..."] SUMMARY: Possession and sales of StunningDevices are banned in New York City Montgomery County, MD - no stunners.

LEGAL BUT WITH SOME RESTRICTION:

We can legally sell to you, but please note the limitations.

STATE RESTRICTIONS:

CONNECTICUT: Legal w/ restrictions Connecticut Criminal LawTitle 53 Crimes, Title 53 Penal Code, Title 54 Criminal Procedure,Chapter 950 Section 53a-3 Definitions: (20) "Electronic defense weapon"means a weapon which by electronic impulse or current is capable ofimmobilizing a person temporarily, but is not capable of inflicting death orserious injury. §53-206. Carrying and sale of dangerous weapons Any personwho carries upon his person? an electronic defense weapon, as defined in53a-3, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument, unless suchperson has been granted a written permit issued and signed by the firstselectman of a town, the mayor or chief of police of a city or the warden ofa borough, authoring such person to carry such weapon or instrument withinsuch city or borough, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars orimprisoned not more than three years or both. No permit shall be issued toany applicant who has ever been convicted of a felony. The issuing authoritymay request the applicant?s fingerprints and full information concerninghis criminal record and make an investigation concerning his criminal recordand make an investigation concerning the suitability of the applicant tocarry any such weapon. Refusal of fingerprinting by the applicant shall besufficient cause to refuse issuance of a permit. Whenever any person isfound guilty of a violation of this subsection, any weapon or another implement within the provisions hereof, found upon the body of such person,shall be forfeited to the municipality wherein such person was apprehended,notwithstanding any failure of the judgment of conviction to expresslyimpose such forfeiture. Any person who has been granted a permit to carryany martial arts weapon pursuant to this section may carry such weaponanywhere within the state. The provisions of this subsection shall not applyto any officer charged with the preservation of the public peace nor to anyperson who is found with any such weapon or implement concealed upon hisperson while lawfully removing his household goods or effects from one placeto another, or from one residence to another, nor to any person whileactually and peaceably engaged in carrying any such weapon or implement fromhis place of abode or business to a place or person where or by whom suchweapon or implements are to be repaired, or while actually and peaceablereturning to his place of abode or business with such weapon or implementafter the same has been repaired. (b) any person who sells to another?electronic defense weapon, as defined in section 53a-3, shall, within 24hours after the delivery of such weapon or implement to the person to whomsold, give written notice of such sale or delivery, specifying the articlesold and the name and address of the person to whom sold or delivered, tothe chief of police of the city, the warden of the borough or the firstselectman of the town, within which such weapon or implement is sold ordelivered, as the case may be. Any person who violates any provision of thissubsection shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars. SUMMARY:Section 53-206(a) prohibits the carrying of a Stunning Device on the personunless that person has obtained a dangerous weapons permit. However, thereare no state-wide permits, only local permits the permit is only good inthat particular town and would be illegal elsewhere. Anyone selling such aweapon must notify the chief of police with that information within 24 hoursof the delivery. Therefore Stunning Devices can be sold and it can be keptin your place of business or home, but you cannot carry it on your personwithout a permit which is only good within the limits of the city in whichit was issued.

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ILLINOIS: Legal with conditions (Illegal in Chicago)Illinois State Law. Compiled Stat. Ann. Chapter 430. Public Safety ACT 65.Firearms Owners Identification Card Act. Chapter 720. Criminal Law andProcedure, Article 24. Deadly Weapons. 5/24-1 Unlawful use of Weapons. (A) Aperson commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly:**** (8) Carries or possesses a firearm, stun gun or Taser or other deadlyweapon in any place which is licensed to sell intoxicating beverages, or atany public gathering held pursuant to a license issued by any governmentalbody or any public gathering at which an admission is charged, excluding aplace where a showing, demonstration or lecture involving the exhibition ofunloaded firearms is conducted; or (9) Carries or possesses in a vehicle oron or about his person any pistol, revolver, stun gun or Taser, or firearmor ballistic knife, when he is hooded, robed or masked in such a manner asto conceal his identity; or (10) Carries or possesses on or about hisperson, upon any public street, alley, or other public lands within thecorporate limits of a city, village or incorporated town, except when aninvitee thereon or therein, for the purpose of the display of such weapon orthe lawful commerce in weapons, except when on his land or in his own abodeor fixed place of business, any pistol, revolver, stun or Taser or another firearm. A "stun gun or Taser," as used in this paragraph (a) means (i) anydevice which is powered by electrical charging units, such as batteries, andwhich fires one or several barbs attached to a length of wire and which,upon hitting a human, can send out a current capable of disrupting person?snervous system in such a manner as to render him incapable of normalfunctioning or (ii) any device which is powered by electrical chargingunits, such as batteries, and which, upon contact with a human or clothingworn by a human, can send out a current capable of disrupting the person?snervous system in such a manner as to render him incapable of normalfunctioning. (b) Sentence. A person convicted of a violation of Subsection24-1(a)(8) and Subsection 24-1(a)(10) commits a Class A misdemeanor; aperson convicted of a violation of Subsection 24(a)(9) commits a Class 4felony. (c)(2) A person who violates Subsection 24-1(a)(9) in any school,regardless of the time of day or the time of year or residential propertyowned, operated and managed by a public housing agency or on the realproperty comprising any school, regardless of the time of day or the time ofyear or residential property owned, operated and managed by a public housingagency or any conveyance owned, leased or contracted by a school totransport students to or from school or a school-related activity commits aClass 3 felony. School is defined as any public or private elementary orsecondary school, community college, college or university. Article 245/24-1.1 Unlawful Use of Possession of Weapons by Felons or Persons in theCustody of the Department of Corrections Facilities. Section 24-1.1.Unlawful Use of Possession of Weapons by Felons or Persons in the Custody ofthe Department of Corrections Facilities. (a) It is unlawful for a person toknowingly possess on or about his person or on his land or in his abode orfixed place of business any weapons prohibited under Section 24-1 of thisAct or any firearm ammunition if the person has been convicted of a felonyunder the law of the State or any other jurisdiction. This section does notapply if the person has been granted relief by the Director of theDepartment of State Police pursuant to Section 10 ***. Article 24 5/24-2Exemptions (i) Nothing in this Article shall prohibit, apply to or affectthe transportation, carrying or possession, of any pistol or revolver, stungun, Taser, or other firearm consigned to a Common Carrier operating underlicense of the State of Illinois or the Federal Government, where suchtransportation, carrying, or possession is incident to the lawfultransportation in which such Common Carrier is engaged; and nothing in thisArticle shall prohibit, apply to or affect the transportation, carrying orpossession of any pistol, revolver, stun gun, Taser, or other firearm, notthe subject of and regulated by subsection 24-1(a)(7) or subsection 24-2(c)of this Article, which is unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carryingbox, shipping box, or other container, by the possessor of a valid FirearmOwners Identification Card. SUMMARY: Possession of a Stunning Device isunlawful when incorporating limits of a city or incorporated town, school, inany place licensed to sell intoxicating beverages, at any public gatheringheld pursuant to a license issued by any governmental body or any publicgathering at which an ] admission is charged, or when a person's identity isconcealed. Possession is legal when on a person's land or in his own abodeor fixed place of business in Illinois.

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CITY RESTRICTIONS: OHIO: LYNN COUNTY/CEDAR RAPIDS: Any stungun in public requires the user to have a concealed weapons permit. Byliteral translation, Capt. Schwartz (ph: 319-398-3911) states thattechnically, this includes even "snowballs" and "Stunning Devices" NOTE:Stunning Devices can be used, however, in the place of business or at home.

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