Maniac TASER Laws
State Police Use Consumer Use Main Citation Restriction(s) Alabama Legal Legal 13A-1-2 Dangerous instrument or deadly weapon definition Alaska Legal Legal 11.81.900 Defensive weapon = electric stun gun not designed to cause death or serious physical injury •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) Arizona Legal Legal 13-105 Dangerous instrument or deadly weapon definition Arkansas Legal Legal 5-1-102 Deadly weapon definition California Legal Legal 244.5 Assault with a stun gun or TASER® [stun gun and TASER® are different] Cannot possess TASER® in state or local public building or public open meeting (171b (a) (5)) or in sterile area of airport (171.5) Colorado Legal Legal 18-12-101 Stun gun = device capable of temporarily immobilizing a person by the infliction of an electrical charge; 18-12-106.5 Use of stun guns during crime Use of stun gun in commission of criminal offense is a Class 5 felony (18-12-106.5) Connecticut Legal Legal in home 53a-3 Electronic defense weapon = 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. Carrying of electronic defense weapon unless peace officer is punishable by fine of less than $500 or less than 3 years in prison or both (53-206);•Cannot have in vehicle (29-38);•Criminal use of electronic defense weapon is Class D felony (53a-216); Delaware Legal Legal 222 Dangerous instrument or deadly weapon or firearm definition District of Columbia Legal Legal with firearm registration 7-2501.01 Destructive device = any device intended to stun or disable a person by means of electric shock •No person/organization may possess unless they hold a valid registration (7-2502.01)•No manufacturing of destructive device within District and dealer must have license (7-2504.01)•LE and military permitted use Florida Legal Legal 790.001 Electric weapon or device = through use of electrical current; intended for offensive or defensive purposes, destruction of life, or infliction of injury
Remote stun gun = nonlethal device with tethered range less than 16 feet
•Cannot carry electric weapon or device in concealed manner but can carry for self-defense purposes a nonlethal remote stun gun (790.01)•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) Georgia Legal Legal 16-11-106 For this section, the term "firearm" includes stun guns and TASER®s 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 •Not expressly mentioned in concealed weapons statute (16-11-126)•Expressly mentioned to be prohibited from being carried in school safety zones, at school functions, or on school property (16-11-127.1) Hawaii Legal Prohibited 134.1 Electric gun = any portable device electrically operated to project a missile or electromotive force •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) Idaho Legal Legal Use 18 USC 930 Dangerous weapon definition Illinois Legal Legal in home 720 ILCS 5/24-1 Stun gun or TASER® = any device powered by electrical charging units which fires barbs and upon hitting a human sends out a current disrupting normal functioning •Cannot carry/possess with unlawful intent or concealed unless at home or principal place of business (5/24-1)•More unlawful use limitations listed punishable at various levels (5/24-1) Indiana Legal Legal 35-41-1-8 Deadly weapon = TASER® or electric stun weapon readily capable of causing serious bodily injury; 35-47-8-3 TASER® = designed to emit electronic charge or shock through use of projectile and used to temporarily incapacitate a person •TASER®s are subject to requirement of handgun license (35-47-8-4) Iowa Legal Legal 702.7 Dangerous weapon definition Kansas Legal Legal 21-4201 Criminal use of weapons defined •Weapons as to schools includes electronic devices designed to discharge immobilizing levels of electricity aka stun gun (72-89a01) Kentucky Legal Legal 500.080 Dangerous instrument and deadly weapon definition Louisiana Legal Legal Title 14 §2 Dangerous weapon definition Maine Legal Legal 17 AMRS §2 Dangerous weapon definition Maryland Legal Legal 4-101 Dangerous weapon definition Massachusetts ? Prohibited Ch. 140 § 131J Electrical weapons •No person shall sell or possess electrical weapons; punishable by fine between $500-1000 or 6mos-2yrs in prison or both Michigan Legal Legal for bail agent, private investigator, or properly trained aircraft pilot or crew 750.224a Portable device/weapon directing electrical current •Device capable of electro-muscular disruption must contain identification and tracking system that is traceable to the purchaser through the manufacturer•Permitted possession and use by a peace officer, employee of department of corrections authorized by director, local corrections officer authorized by county sheriff, probation officer, court officer, bail agent, license private investigator, or properly trained aircraft pilot or crew. Minnesota Legal Legal 624.731 Electronic incapacitation devices = 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•Devices must be according to local licensing requirement Mississippi Legal Legal 97-37-1 Deadly weapons definition Missouri Legal Legal 556.061 Dangerous instrument and deadly weapon definitions Montana Legal Legal 45-2-101 Weapon definition Nebraska Legal Legal 28-109 Deadly weapon definition Nevada Legal Legal 202.253 Weapon definition New Hampshire Legal Legal 159:20 Electronic defense weapon = an electronically activated non-lethal device producing an electrical charge sufficient to immobilize or incapacitate a person temporarily •Felon 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) New Jersey Prohibited Prohibited 2C:39-1 Weapon = Stun gun, emits an electrical charge or current intended to temporarily or permanently disable a person •Any person who knowingly has in his possession any stun gun is guilty of a crime of the 4th degree (2C:39-3 New Mexico Legal Legal 30-1-12 Deadly weapon definition New York Legal Prohibited 265.00 Electronic dart gun = designed to momentarily stun, knock out or paralyze a person by passing an electrical shock by means of a dart or projectile;
Electric stun gun = designed to stun, cause mental disorientation, knock out or paralyze a person by passing a high voltage electrical shock
•Possession is a Class A misdemeanor (265.01)•Possession by person with any previous conviction is a Class D felony (265.02)•Exemption for LE (265.20) North Carolina Legal Legal No definition statute •Must be carried openly•Stun guns not allowed openly on educational property (14-269.2)•Stun guns not allowed to be carried openly by felons (14-415.1) North Dakota Legal Legal 62.1-01-01 Dangerous weapon includes stun gun •Possession in liquor establishment or gaming site prohibited (62.1-02-04)•Other than LE, cannot carry in concealed manner (62.1-04-02) Ohio Legal Legal 2923.11 Deadly weapon definition Oklahoma Legal Legal No definition statute •Use of electronic dart gun while committing felony shall be guilty of separate offense (1287)•Electric dart gun not listed in Unlawful Carry statute (1272) Oregon Legal Legal 161.015 Physical force includes the use of an electrical stun gun •Knowing discharge of electrical stun gun against a LE officer, EMT… is a Class C felony Pennsylvania Legal Legal 908 Offensive weapon = any stun gun, TASER® or other electronic or electric weapon
908.1 Electronic incapacitation device
•Possession or use of electronic incapacitation device for unlawful purpose constitutes a 2nd degree felony with intent or 1st degree misdemeanor otherwise (908.1)•A person may use with reasonable force in defense of person or property (908.1)•No person prohibited from possessing firearm may possess electronic incapacitation device (908.1) Rhode Island ? Prohibited 11-47-42 Stun gun •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 Legal Legal 16-23-10 Definitions of pistol and crime of violence South Dakota Legal Legal 22-1-2 Stun gun = 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 •Commission of felony while armed with stun gun is Class 5 felony (22-14-13.1) Tennessee Legal Legal 39-11-106 Deadly weapon definition Texas Legal Legal 46.01 No applicable definition Utah Legal Legal 76-10-501 Dangerous weapon definition Vermont Legal Legal 4003/4016 Dangerous weapon definition Virginia Legal Legal 18.2-308.1 Stun weapon = emits an electronic charge exceeding 5 milliamp 60 hertz shock and used for temporarily incapacitating a person
TASER® = emits electronic charge or shock through use of projectile and used to temporarily incapacitate a person
•Possession or transportation of TASER® by convicted felon is Class 6 felony (18.2-308.2) Washington Legal Legal 9.41.250 Dangerous weapon definition West Virginia Legal Legal 61-7-2 Deadly weapon definition Wisconsin Legal Prohibited 941-295 Electric weapon = intended to be used and reasonably capable of producing death or serious bodily injury •Selling, transporting, manufacturing or going armed with electric weapon is a Class H felony•Not applicable to peace officers, military, and corrections personnel Wyoming Legal Legal 6-1-104 Deadly weapon definition
The M18, M18L,X26c, and C2 TASER® Weapons are legal in most areas, but it is your responsibility to know whether it is legal for you to own and possess in your specific geographical location. The guideline specified here is not a substitute for restrictions in your area, and we accept no responsibility for the accuracy of, and no responsibility for any omissions to the following list of laws, legislation and restrictions. Although this information is current to the best of our knowledge at the present time, you are solely responsible for knowledge of and compliance to the laws and restrictions in your area. If in doubt, check the statutes at your local courthouse.
TASER® Weapons will not be shipped to civilians outside the U.S.A. , MA, MI, NJ, NY, HI, RI, WI, and some other municipal localities. Although TASER® Weapons are legal in most areas, it may not be legal to carry a TASER® Weapon on your person or as a concealed weapon in some states, municipalities and public buildings. You should be aware of the restrictions in your area before carrying a TASER® Weapon as a concealed weapon and before using it for anything other than household protection. Be familiar with the laws in your area before deciding to purchase a TASER®. Please remember that you possess and use a TASER® Weapon at your own risk. We assume no responsibility or liability for the possession or use of your TASER®.
Background checks are required for every TASER® purchase. Should you subsequently sell or give your TASER® to a third party, you would be well advised to keep a permanent record of that person's full name, address, phone, drivers license, DOB and social security number.
When traveling by air, pack your TASER® Weapon in with your checked luggage. Do not carry it onboard a flight or put it in your carry-on luggage.
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