Taser Laws By State
Tasers are 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. 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.
Legal with No Major Restrictions
The majority of states let civilians use stun guns, including shooting Tasers, without any major restrictions. That translates to no training requirements, background checks, or other red tape. Because Tasers are not classified as a firearm, most states permit residents to buy them pretty freely for the purpose of self-defense. States where Tasers are 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 Tasers 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 Tasers) 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 states require a background check as of 2018:
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
Illegal for Civilian Use
There are currently two (2) states where Tasers 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 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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