Are Stun Guns Legal In Your State?

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According to LA Self Defense Products’ (LASDP), research, we found that Stun Guns are not legal to own in all states. Please read below to see if your city/state is on the prohibited list or not. The laws listed below were updated on were last updated on June 5th 2018. The laws and statutes listed below are for informational purposes only and should not be used as legal advice. By continuing to stay on this page, you agree to release us from any legal issues.

Below,  LASDP has separated stun gun laws into 4 main categories. These categories are: prohibited states, prohibited cities, prohibited counties, & frequently asked questions, traveling with stun guns and state statutes for ALL states. It is important to understand as many laws as you possibly can regarding stun guns.

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 Prohibited States, Counties, & Cities for Stun Guns

In these STATES it is ILLEGAL to own or possess a stun gun:
New York
Rhode Island

These STATES may have requirements to own or possess a stun gun:
Illinois – LEGAL but Firearm Owner’s Identification Card Required.
Iowa – LEGAL but requires (permit/license to carry a firearm), to carry such device.
Michigan – LEGAL but has many requirements. Read complete michigan stun gun laws below.
Mississippi – LEGAL but must be licensed to carry a stun gun.

These CITIES are ILLEGAL to own or possess a stun gun:
Chicago, IL
Ocean City, MD
Ruston, WA

The following COUNTIES are ILLEGAL to own or possess a stun gun:

Baltimore County, MD

Frequently Asked Questions about Stun Guns

Q: Are stun guns legal to own?
A: YES, this is has been a common misunderstanding for many years. It is 100% legal to own a stun gun for civilian self defense as long as you’re not a minor, no felony record and intend to use it ONLY for self defense.

Q: For it to be legal to carry a stun gun, does it have to be concealed?
A: This will all depend on your state/city/county that you live in. Since there are so many different laws for different states, we recommend that you contact your local law enforcement office for any details that they can offer on the topic. For MOST states, the stun gun does not have to be concealed.

Q: Am I allowed to keep a stun gun in my car or purse?
A: Different regions have different regulations and laws. For almost all states, this is perfectly legal and not a problem. If you want the most precise answer for the city that you live in, we recommend contacting your local law enforcement office for details. 99% of the time we have found that it’s perfectly legal to keep a stun gun in your car or purse as long as stun guns are legal in your state.

Traveling with a stun gun
According to the Transportation Security Administration, stun guns and personal self-defense sprays are allowed to be in checked baggage with restrictions. Stun guns are prohibited from being in carry-on baggage. To get more information regarding stun gun traveling laws, please visit the following page

Before traveling, please check the laws for each state, even if you’re just passing through one state to get to another. It is important to understand that while it may be legal to own and possess a stun gun within your state, it may not be legal to possess in the state you are driving to, even if it is concealed.

If a state statute has recently been updated and you are affiliated with local, state or federal government, please contact us. Once we have verified the updated statute, we will make the necessary changes.

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