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Stun Gun Laws & Restrictions

  If you have a question, it is wise to check with you local city or state attorneys office. The  list below may not be totally accurate or complete and Dorado Business Systems accepts no responsibility for its accuracy or completeness.

DENSION / CRAWFORD COUNTY, IA (*According to Sheriff Tom Hogan*)

CONNECTICUT: Legal with Restrictions
Connecticut Criminal Law Title 53 ? Crimes, Title 53a ? Penal Code, title 54 Criminal Procedure, Chapter 950 Section 53a-3 Definitions: (20) "Electronic defense weapon" means a weapon which by electronic impulse or current is capable of immobilizing a person temporarily, but is not capable of inflicting death or serious injury. §53-206. Carrying and sale of dangerous weapons Any person who carries upon his person? an electronic defense weapon, as defined in 53a-3, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument, unless such person has been granted a written permit issued and signed by the first selectman of a town, the mayor or chief of police of a city or the warden of a borough, authoring such person to carry such weapon or instrument within such city or borough, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than three years or both. No permit shall be issued to any applicant who has ever been convicted of a felony. The issuing authority may request the applicant?s finger prints and full information concerning his criminal record and make an investigation concerning his criminal record and make an investigation concerning the suitability of the applicant to carry any such weapon. Refusal of fingerprinting by the applicant shall be sufficient cause to refuse issuance of a permit. Whenever any person is found guilty of a violation of this subsection, any weapon or other implement within the provisions hereof, found upon the body of such person, shall be forfeited to the municipality wherein such person was apprehended, not withstanding any failure of the judgment of conviction to expressly impose such forfeiture. Any person who has been granted a permit to carry any martial arts weapon pursuant to this section may carry such weapon anywhere within the state. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any officer charged with the preservation of the public peace nor to any person who is found with any such weapon or implement concealed upon his person while lawfully removing his household goods or effects from one place to another, or from one residence to another, nor to any person while actually and peaceably engaged in carrying any such weapon or implement from his place of abode or business to a place or person where or by whom such weapon or implements is to be repaired, or while actually and peaceable returning to his place of abode or business with such weapon or implement after the same has been repaired. (b) any person who sells to another? electronic defense weapon, as defined in section 53a-3, shall, within 24 hours after the deliver of such weapon or implement to the person to whom sold, give written notice of such sale or delivery, specifying the article sold and the name and address of the person to whom sold or delivered, to the chief of police of the city, the warden of the borough or the first selectman of the town, within which such weapon or implement is sold or delivered, as the case may be. Any person who violates any provision of this subsection shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars. SUMMARY: Section 53-206(a) prohibits the carrying of a Stunning Device on the person unless that person has obtained a dangerous weapons permit. However, there are no state-wide permits, only local permits ? the permit is only good in that particular town and would be illegal elsewhere. Anyone selling such a weapon must notify the chief of police with that information within 24 hours of the delivery. Therefore Stunning Devices can be sold and it can be kept in your place of business or home, but you cannot carry it on your person without a permit which is only good within the limits of the city in which it was issued.

District of Columbia Law. DC Code Ann. Title 6, Chapter 23. Firearms  Control. Subchapter I. General Provisions 6-2302.
(7) "Destructive device" means:
(B) "Any device by whatever name known which will, or is  designed, or may be readily converted or restored, to expel a  projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant through  a smooth bore barrel, except a shotgun."
(D) Any device designed or redesigned, made or remade, or readily  converted or restored, and intended to stun or disable a person  by means of electric shock.
Subchapter II. Firearms and Destructive Devices. General Provision  6-2311. Registration requirements:
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, no person or  organization in the District of Columbia ("District")  shall receive, possess, control, transfer, offer for sale, sell,  give, or deliver any destructive device, and no person or organization  in the District shall possess or control any firearm, unless that  person or organization holds a valid registration certificate  for the firearm.
Subchapter V. Sales and Transfer of Firearms, Destructive Devices,  and Ammunition. General Provision 6-2351. Sales and transfers  prohibited. No person or organization shall sell, transfer or  otherwise dispose of any firearm, destructive device or ammunition  in the District except as provided in *** 6-2352, or 6-2375.
SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned  in Washington, DC.

ILLINOIS: Restricted
1. In order to possess a Taser or stun gun, an individual must  have a valid FOID card, as is currently required for firearms.
 2. 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.
 3. When a licensed firearms dealer sells a Taser or stun gun,  they must request a background check of the buyer.
 4. The 24-hour waiting period required for long guns, shotguns,  and rifles, will also apply to taser and stun gun purchases.

HAWAII: Illegal
Hawaii State Law. Rev. Stats. Title 10, Chapter 134. Firearms,  Ammunition and Dangerous Weapons. Part 1. General Regulations.  Chapter 134-1 Definitions.
"Electric gun" means any portable device that is electrically  operated to project a missile or electromotive force.
Chapter 134-16 Restriction on possession, sale, gift or delivery  of electric guns.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person, including a licensed  manufacturer, licensed importer or licensed dealer, to possess,  offer for sale, hold for sale, sell, give, lend or deliver any  electric gun.
(b) Any electric gun in violation of subsection (a) shall be  confiscated and disposed of by the chief of police.
SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned  in Hawaii.

Massachusetts State Law. Ann. Laws of Massachusetts. Chapter  140. Sale of Firearms. Section 131J: Sale or possession of electrical  weapons; penalties. Section 131J. No person shall sell, offer  for sale or possess a portable device or weapon from which an  electric current, impulse, wave or beam may be directed, which  current, impulse, wave or beam is designed to incapacitate temporarily,  injure or kill. Whoever violates this provision of this section  shall be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred nor  more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not less  than six months nor more than two years in a jail or house of  correction, or both.
SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned  in Massachusetts.

The Michigan Penal Code Act 328 of 1931. Chapter 750.224a Portable  device or weapon directing electrical current, impulse, wave,  or beam; sale or possession prohibited; testing.
(1) A person shall not sell, offer for sale, or possess in this  state a portable device or weapon from which an electric current,  impulse, wave or beam is designed to incapacitate temporarily,  injure, or kill.
(3) A person who violates this section is guilty of a felony.
SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned  in Michigan.

New Jersey State Law. New Jersey Stat. Ann. Title 2C. New Jersey  Code of Criminal Justice. Chapter 39-1. Prohibited weapons and  devices.
(Section "r" summarized from Chapter 2C:39-1) "Weapon"  means anything readily capable of lethal use or of inflicting  serious bodily injury. The term includes, but is not limited to  all (4) stun guns; and any weapon or (this section refers to tear  gas and has been updated in 1995) other device which projects,  releases, or emits tear gas or any other substance intended to  produce temporary physical discomfort or permanent injury through  being vaporized or otherwise dispensed in the air.
(t) "Stun gun" means any weapon or other device which  emits an electrical charge or current intended to temporarily  or permanently disable a person.
Senate, No. 2871 -- L.1985, c. 360
Senate Bill No. 2781, as amended by the Senate Law, Public Safety  and Defense Committee, prohibits as a crime of the fourth degree  the possession of a stun gun by any person, including a law enforcement  officer. A crime of the fourth degree carries a penalty of imprisonment  for up to 18 months, a fine of up to $7,500, or both. Prior to  being amended the bill classified possession of a crime in the  third degree. {Editor’s Note: According to Len Lawson of  NJ Legislative Council, (609) 292-4625) NJ does not classify crimes  in felonies versus misdemeanors. The highest crimes are in first  degree on down to fourth degree. A fourth degree penalty is a  serious charge and is generally considered a misdemeanor in common  terms. It is however an indictable offense. A fourth degree crime  does contain "a presumption of non-custodial sentencing,"  meaning that there is not imprisonment if there are no prior convictions.  In some cases the sentencing is obviated from one’s record  if there is a period of good behavior following the charge.}
The committee amended the bill to include a provision authorizing  the Attorney General, at his discretion, to exempt law enforcement  officers from the prohibition against possession stun guns.
The bill also was amended by the committee to include stun guns  in the definition of "weapon" in paragraph r. N.J.S.  2C:39-1.
(Chapter 2C:39-1)
(h) Stun guns. Any person who knowingly has in his possession  any stun gun is guilty of a crime in the fourth degree.
SUMMARY: Possession is banned of Stunning Devices in New Jersey.

NEW YORK: Illegal
New York Consolidated Law (McKinney’s) Book 39. Penal Law.
Article 265. Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons 265.00
15-a. "Electronic dart gun" means any device designed  primarily as a weapon, the purpose of which is to momentarily  stun, knock out or paralyze a person by passing an electrical  shock to such person by means of a dart or projectile.
15-c. "Electronic stun gun" means any device designed  primarily as a weapon, the purpose of which is to momentarily  stun, cause mental disorientation, knock out or paralyze a person  by passing a high voltage electrical shock to such person.
Article 265.01 Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth  degree. A person is guilty of criminal possession of a weapon  in the fourth degree when: (1) He possesses any firearm, electronic  dart gun, electronic stun gun ***; or ***
SUMMARY: Possession is banned of Stunning Devices in New York.

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 Sta. Ann. Chapter 939. Crimes - General Provisions.  Chapter 939.22 Words and phrases defined. (10) Dangerous weapon"  means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded ***; any device  designed as a weapon and capable of producing great harm ***;  any electric weapon, as defined in s. 941.295(4); or any other  device or instrumentality which, in the manner it is used or intended  to be used, is calculated or likely to produce death or great  bodily harm.
Chapter 941.295 Possession of electric weapon. Subsection (1)  On or after July 1, 1982, whoever sells, transports, manufactures,  possesses or goes armed with any electric weapon is guilty of  a Class E felony. Subsection (4) In this section, "electric  weapon" means any device which is designed, redesigned, used  or intended to be used, offensively or defensively, to immobilize  or incapacitate persons by the use electric current.
SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned.


CHICAGO: Illegal
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)


BALTIMORE: Illegal (Including Baltimore County)
Baltimore City Code 115. Stun guns and similar devices. (e) It  shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to sell,  give away, lend, rent or transfer to any individual, firm or corporation  a stun gun or other electronic device by whatever name or description  which discharges a non-projectile electric current within the  limits of the City of Baltimore. It further shall be unlawful  for any person to possess, fire or discharge any such stun gun  or electronic device within the City. Nothing in this subsection  shall be held to apply to any member of the Baltimore City Police  Department or any other law enforcement officer while in the performance  of his or her official duty (Ord. 385. 1985).

Sec. 8.404. Sale or possession of electronic weapons prohibited.  It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to sell,  give away, lend, rent or transfer to any individual, firm or corporation  an electronic weapon within the limits of Howard County. It further  shall be unlawful for any person to possess, fire, discharge or  activate any electronic weapon within the limits of Howard County.  (C.B. 38 1985).

Philadelphia City Ordinance. Statute 10-825 Stun Guns. (1) Definitions.  (a) Stun Gun. Any device which expels or projects a projectile  which, upon coming in contact with a person, is capable of inflicting  injury or an electric shock to such person. (2) Prohibited conduct.  Nor person shall own, use, possess, sell or otherwise transfer  any "stun gun." (3) Penalty. Any person violating any  provision of this section shall be subject to a fine or not more  than three hundred (300) dollars and /or imprisonment for not  more than ninety (90 days.)

Administrative Code of the City of New York 10-135 Prohibition  on sale and possession of electronic stun guns.
a. As used in this section, "electronic stun gun" shall  mean any device designed primarily as a weapon, the purpose of  which is to stun, render unconscious or paralyze a person by passing  an electronic shock to such person, but shall not include an "electronic  dart gun" as such term is defined in section 265.00 of the  penal law.
b. It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale  or to have in his or her possession within the jurisdiction of  the city any electronic gun.
c. Violation of this section shall be a class A misdemeanor.  [Exemptions under this section are provided for police officers  operating under regular department procedures or guidelines and  for manufacturers of electronic stun guns scheduled for bulk shipment.  NOTE: The electronic stun gun is not a "firearm" under  the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 because it does not "...expel  a projectile by the action of an explosive..."]
SUMMARY: Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned  in New York City
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