Stun Gun Laws
STATES WHERE STUN GUNS ARE RESTRICTED:
ILLINOIS – Can be purchased with FOID Card
WISCONSIN – Can be purchased with CCW permit
CITIES WHERE STUN GUNS ARE ILLEGAL:
CHICAGO, IL – Not even with FOID card
COUNTRIES THAT STUN GUNS ARE RESTRICTED:
INDIA (POLICE USE ONLY)
PENAL CODES AFFECTING AIR TASER, STUN GUNS & STUN BATONS.
In order to possess a Taser or stun gun, an individual must have a valid FOID card, as is currently required for firearms.
Sellers of Taser or stun guns must check the buyers FOID card and keep the record of sale for ten years, the same requirements for firearms sales. When a licensed firearms dealer sells a Taser or stun gun, they must request a background check of the buyer. The 24-hour waiting period required for long guns, shotguns, and rifles, will also apply to taser and stun gun purchases.
SUMMARY: Stun guns are legal, but the owner of a stun gun needs a carry permit and the stun gun has to be secured in a locked container that only the person with that permit can access.
After a Michigan court ruled that the state’s ban on stun guns was illegal, the state legislature amended the law to require a concealed pistol license for civilian possession and use of Tasers, not stun guns.
RHODE ISLAND: Illegal
General Laws of Rhode Island. Title 11, Chapter 47. Statute Subsection 11-47-42. Weapons other than firearms prohibited. – (A) No person shall carry or possess or attempt to use against another, any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a *** stun gun ***. Any person violating the provisions of this subsection, shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or both such fine and imprisonment, and the weapon so found shall be confiscated.
SUMMARY: Possession and use of Stunning Devices are banned.
WISCONSIN: Legal with restriction
Under the CCW (Carrying Concealed Weapons) laws, the prohibition against possessing or going armed with an electric weapon does not apply to any of the following:
A CCW licensee or an out-of-state licensee.
An individual who goes armed with an electric weapon in his or her own dwelling or place of business or on land that he or she owns, leases, or legally occupies.
Wis. Stat. § 941.295(2g).
The prohibition against transporting an electric weapon does not apply to any of the following:
A licensee or an out-of-state licensee.
An individual who is not a licensee or out-of-state licensee who transports an electric weapon if the electric weapon is enclosed within a carrying case.
Wis. Stat. § 941.295(2r).
If you are not specifically allowed to carry an electric weapon (see above) you are only allowed to carry an electric weapon in your own dwelling or place of business or on land that you own, lease, or legally occupy. Wis. Stat. § 941.295(2g). You may also transport the weapon if it is enclosed within a carrying case. Wis. Stat. § 941.295(2r). The possession or carrying of an electric weapon in any other situations is a felony. Wis. Stat. § 941.295(1m).
Electric weapons cannot be sold to persons in Wisconsin who are not law enforcement, armed forces on official duty or persons without a recognized out-of-state CCW license or a Wisconsin CCW license. Wis. Stat. § 941.295(2)(d). A violation of this statute is a felony. Wis. Stat. § 941.295(1m).
SUMMARY: You need a CCW license or recognized out of state license to legally carry stun guns in Wisconsin. However, you can have a stun gun in your home or business and even carry it in your vehicle if it’s in a closed case. The catch 22 is that no one can sell to you if you don’t have a CCW license.
Publisher’s Note: The following jurisdictions require waiting periods or notifications to law enforcement officials before weapons may be delivered to purchasers:
Chicago – application approval/denial for:
(1) Registration : 120 days
(2) Re-registration: e.g., by an heir, 365 days)
SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in Chicago. (More information required on City of Chicago Ordinance)