TASER® Laws By State
TASER® is a brand of stun gun that has shooting prongs and can quickly protect you from an attacker, even at a distance. While TASER® law enforcement laws are nearly universal and lenient, personal TASER laws vary significantly from state to state. Before you buy a TASER®, you should make sure they’re legal in your area and that you obtain all the necessary paperwork when required. Also keep in mind that sometimes a TASER® is legal in a state, such as Illinois, but a major city has outlawed them, like Chicago. With taser technology becoming more common across the nation, taser laws are changing to adapt to safety concerns.
Let’s take a look at which states have open TASER laws and which states have restrictions on the sale of TASERs and their use.
TASER Gun Laws - By state! It's important to look up taser laws in your home before carrying them for self-defense. You should ask yourself these questions: "Am I allowed to carry a concealed TASER®? With so many states changing their own policies about personal defense weapons, it can get tricky knowing exactly what is legal where you live but this article is constantly updated to provide you with current information.*
Can I Own a TASER®? - Legal with No Major Restrictions
The majority of states let civilians use stun guns, including shooting a TASER®, without any major restrictions. That translates to no training requirements, background checks, or other red tape. Because TASER® is not classified as a firearm, most states permit residents to buy them pretty freely for the purpose of self-defense. States where TASER® is legal with no major restrictions are:
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
Background Checks Required
In some states, you can own a TASER® only if you pass a background check. In Illinois, stun guns and TASER® are legal only if the operator has a valid FOID card and concealed weapons permit in addition to passing a background check. Stun guns (including a TASER®) are also not sold in Chicago, and residents must get permission from law enforcement to carry a TASER® purchased elsewhere in the city. Only three (3) states require a background check as of 2019:
If your state requires a permit for TASER® use, be sure to keep a copy of your paperwork on hand. Permits vary from a permit for ownership, such as in Wisconsin and Michigan, to permits for concealed carry, like in New Mexico. Permits help the state keep track of the number of stun weapons in use in their borders and allow them to regulate certain perimeters like age restrictions. There are currently six (6) states where you need a permit to carry a TASER®:
- New Mexico
- West Virginia
- Puerto Rico
Illegal for Civilian Use
There are currently two (2) states where TASER® and all stun guns are completely banned for use for anyone other than law enforcement:
- Rhode Island
Until recently, New Jersey also banned the weapons but they legalized stun guns in late 2017. Some other major cities, like Baltimore and Philadelphia, also reversed previous bans on stun guns in 2017. New York legalized stun guns in 2019. If TASERs are illegal in your state, don’t look online for a TASER® Pulse for sale and have it shipped to another address. There could be serious penalties for deploying a shooting TASER gun in a state where they are banned. You can always turn to a TASER alternative like pepper spray or expandable batons when you can’t use stun guns in your home state.
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*SALES PROHIBITED TO: Hawaii and Rhode Island.
As of 01/01/2022, it is legal to own a stun gun in Hawaii provided the product is purchased locally in Hawaii and the purchaser attends a certified TASER training class.
SALES RESTRICTED TO: (These states require a concealed carry permit) Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, New Mexico, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
STUN KNUCKLES & STUN BATONS PROHIBITED TO: California.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, tasers are legal to own and carry, concealed or open, in Florida if you are over the age of 16 and are not a convicted felon. Tasers are not legal for any other use other than self-defense.
Yes, tasers are legal to own and open carry in Pennsylvania if you are over the age of 18 and are not a convicted felon. To concealed carry your taser you must acquire a License to Carry issued by the state.
Yes, tasers are legal to own and carry, concealed and open, in Texas if you are over the age of 18 per Texas Penal Code §§ 46.01 which excludes tasers and stun guns from firearm restrictions.