Stun guns are legal in most states as long as you are not a minor or a felon and only use them in self-defense.
States in which stun guns are legal without permit include:
- Alaska – Must be 18, cannot carry on school grounds if under 21, without permission. If carried while violating protective order, increased penalty.
- California – Cannot carry in public building, school grounds or sterile area of airport.
- Colorado – Increased penalty if used to commit a crime.
- Connecticut – Cannot carry but can have in home. Carrying weapon or using to commit a crime is a felony.
- Florida – Must be licensed if concealed, open carry allowed for non-lethal stun guns, must be authorized to use on school grounds and if under 16 can be used under adult supervision and adult subject to penalty.
- Georgia – Cannot be carried in areas of schools.
- Indiana – Subject to handgun license.
- Minnesota – Cannot carry if a felon, convicted of a crime as a juvenile, mentally ill, drug addict or found to be incompetent by court of law.
- New Hampshire – Increased penalty if commit a felony, penalty can be increased if used against law enforcement, and must be 18 to use.
- New Mexico
- North Carolina – Cannot conceal, cannot carry on school grounds and cannot be a felon.
- North Dakota – License required if concealed, cannot carry in establishment of drinking or gambling.
- Oklahoma – Separate offense if electric dart gun used in commission of a felony.
- Oregon – Increased penalty for use against law enforcement.
- Pennsylvania – If prohibited from using firearm, cannot use stun gun either.
- South Carolina
- South Dakota – Increased penalty if used to commit a felony.
- Tennessee – Legal without certification except security guards must be certified to use.
- Virginia – Legal for everyone except felons.
- West Virginia
- Puerto Rico and most of the Virgin Islands
The following states have some restrictions on stun guns:
- Illinois – Must have Firearm Owner’s Identification card. Increased penalties if illegally carried near schools or school buses, in public housing developments and public buildings.
- Massachusetts – Only law enforcement may carry stun guns.
- New York – Only law enforcement may carry stun guns.
- Rhode Island
- Wisconsin – If concealed must have license to carry concealed weapon.
Stun guns are illegal in:
- Dennison, Iowa
- Crawford County, Iowa
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Chicago, Illinois
- Annapolis, Maryland
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Baltimore County, Maryland
- Washington, DC
- New Jersey
Best Stun Gun for Self-Defense – Vipertek VTS-989B – 53,000,000 V Heavy Duty Stun Gun – Rechargeable with LED Flashlight
This Vipertek Stun Gun is a top seller. One reason is its effectiveness. Those brave enough to have tested it out on themselves, or had someone else test it on them, had been dropped to the floor when shocked by the weapon. It also lets out a frightening sound that could have an intimidating effect on the attacker. It has an easy grip because it has finger grooves so that even those with small hands can handle the weapon with ease. It’s easy to carry, about the size of a small flashlight; and, in fact, it can be used as a flashlight.
An excellent alternative to the Vipertek 989B is the original Vipertek 989. It has a snatch prevention at the end that shocks the perpetrator who tries to grab the weapon. It penetrates thick clothing and has a powerful charge and loud intimidating sound, as testified by many buyers. It also has an internal rechargeable battery and a lifetime warranty. The main difference between the 989B and 989 models is that the 989B is smaller. However, if the 989B is an available, the 989 is a very good option, packs heavy power and is an intimidating and effective self-defense weapon.