Stun guns and tasers are sometimes confused as one in the same. Yes, they may provide an electrifying shock to temporarily disable a person however; stun guns require a close contact while tasers contain electrodes that are connected to long wires that can be shot out up to 20 feet.
Before purchasing a stun gun, you will need to first make sure that you are currently over the age of 18 and the device is legal where you currently reside. Each state, city, and country has different laws on stun guns. Listed below are the countries, states, and cities that have restrictions on stun guns:
- Baltimore City, MD & Baltimore County, MD
- Dension/Crawford County, IA
- District of Columbia
- Chicago, IL
- Hartford County, MD
- Howard County, MD
- New Jersey
- New York
- Philadelphia, PA
- Rhode Island
- International countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom
Recently, Anne Arundel County in Maryland legalized the use of stun guns by civilians from their 1985 ban on the weapons. Police officers have been the only ones allowed to carry stun guns freely since 2006. In states such as California, before the buyer receives their stun gun, the seller must keep the serial number on file and there must be a visible logo of the company on the product.
There have been bans because stun guns have been regarded as fire arms. Should there be bans on stun guns in large states such as New York and New Jersey where crime is very prevalent? Bob Confer of the Niagara Gazette seems to think so. He refers to stun guns as the antidote to guns, which are lethal, especially for women living in New York.
Want to read the actual laws concerning actual states and their laws on stun guns? Read about them here.
Feel free to email/call your elected officials to show your support for appealing the ban on non-lethal electroshock weapons!
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