Know Your Stun Gun Laws Or Face The Law

Owning a stun gun can be a wonderful means of self defense but it comes with responsibility. Just like many things in everyday life, you need to know the laws. Owning an electric self defense device is no exception. If you don’t know the laws for your location then you will find yourself in a heap of trouble.

My goal today is to give you an in-depth look at the stun gun laws in several states. As far as I know there isn’t a single place you can go to get all the specify areas of legality, including punishment, in one place. So I want to make sure everyone can look at this article and know exactly what to expect when getting an electrical stunning device.

Due to this, the article will be on the long side. To make it easier finding the information you may be looking for, I will put each states name in bold. Also, in each section when available, I will highlight the specific laws in question to enable you to further research them.

The majority of states in the United States allow you to own a stun gun for self defense. There are, however, several that have outlawed them. Below you can find information about states where they are illegal. If you do not live in one of these states then there are no specific laws that outlaw them.

Connecticut

Legal Status: Legal with Restrictions

Relevant Laws: Connecticut Criminal Law Title 53 Crimes, Title 53a Penal Code, Title 54 Criminal Procedure

The first state I want to talk about today is Connecticut. If you live in Connecticut you are lawfully allowed to keep a stun gun in your home or place of business but are not allowed to carry it on you, outside of those locations. In order to carry one on your person you must first be granted a permit to do so.

You are able to get a permit from the following:

From the First Selectman of a town.

The Mayor or chief of police of a city.

The warden of a borough.

When requesting a permit you may need to provide finger prints and agree to a criminal history check. If you’re a felon then you can forget about obtaining a permit. Anyone that has been convicted of a felony is automatically disqualified from gaining a permit. If you are approved for a permit it is VERY important to know that the permit is only for the city/town you received it from. If you travel out of that town with it you are subject to criminal penalty.

Penalties: Being caught with one in Connecticut can result in a maximum fine of $500 and/or a maximum of 3 years in prison.

Washington DC

Legal Status: Illegal

Relevant Laws: DC Code Ann. Title 6, Chapter 23. Firearms Control. Subchapter I General Provisions 3-2302

If you live in Washington DC, owning a stun gun is not an option for you. They are outright illegal to own, which makes this explanation straight forward. The bottom line is you can’t own one and if you are caught with one you’re in trouble

Illinois

Legal Status: Restricted

If you live in Illinois the process of purchasing a stun gun is very similar, if not identical, to purchasing a firearm.

You must hold a void FOID(Firearms Owners Identification) card which is the same that is required for firearms. The person that sells the stun gun must check your FOID card and keep record of the sale for 10 years. You are required to pass a background check. You will also have to commit to a 24 hour waiting period before you are allowed to complete the purchase.

Once you have legally purchased a one it is important to note that you are not allowed to carry it in a concealed manner. It is meant to be kept at home or primary place of business for self defense purposes.

Penalties: If you are found with a concealed stun gun or carrying it without a license you can be charged with a misdemeanor. However, if you use it one someone in an offensive, non self defense manner, it is considered a non-aggravated Class 4 Felony which can result in up to 3 years in prison. If it is considered aggravated it can become a Class 2 felony which is punishable by 3-7 years in prison.

Hawaii

Legal Status: Illegal

Relevant Laws: Rev. Stats. Title 10, Chapter 134. Firearms Ammunition and Dangerous. Part 1 General Regulations. Chapter 134-1 Definitions.

Hawaii is also another state that has outright banned the sale and possession of them. This means under no circumstances are you legally allowed to have one.

Penalty: If you are found with a stun gun in Hawaii you can be charged with a petty misdemeanor and will have it confiscated.

Massachusetts

Legal Status: Illegal

Relevant Laws: Chapter 140 Sale of Firearms. Section 131J: Sale or possession of electrical weapons. Penalties Section 131J.

If you live in Massachusetts than your not able to own a stun gun. They are another state that has outright banned the ability to possess one. However, being found with one here has steeper consequences than other states. So if you’re thinking about breaking the law and getting one, you might want to rethink that.

Penalties: If you are found with a stun gun in your possession you will receive a fine of $500-$1000 and/or receive 6 months to 2 years in jail.

Michigan

Legal Status: Illegal

Relevant Laws: Michigan Penal Code Act 328 of 1931. Chapter 750.224a

If you live in Michigan than owning a stun gun is not an option for you. I’ve searched through the laws on Michigan’s Government website and was unable to find the specific penalties for possessing one. Chances are they’re similar to other states so the fact remains, you flat out don’t want to be caught in possession of one.

New Jersey

Legal Status: Illegal

Relevant Laws: New Jersey Stat. Ann. Title 2C. New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice. Chapter 39-1, Prohibited weapons and devices.

New Jersey is yet another state that has outright banned the possession of stun guns. That means there are no permits you can receive. Bottom line is, if you are found in possession of one you can face some pretty stiff consequences.

Penalties: If you are found in possess of an electric stunning device in New Jersey you can face a stint in jail up to 18 months and/or a fine up to $7,500. In New Jersey crimes are not classified as Felony or Misdemeanor. They are classified as 1st degree through 4th degree with 1st degree being the most severe. Possession of one is considered a crime of the 4th degree.

New York

Legal Status: Illegal

Relevant Laws: New York Consolidated Law Book 39, Penal Law. Article 265, Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons 265.00

New York is notorious for having hard laws against weapons. This includes stun guns. They have made it totally illegal to own one. With a population as large as New York it is important to have these hard line laws in place to protect the public.

Penalties: If you live in or travel to New York and have a stun gun you can be charged with a crime of the 4th degree, a class A misdemeanor. This means you can be charged with a fine up to $1000. That’s a pretty bad punishment but it can get worse. If you use any dangerous weapons to commit a crime against another person you can be charged with a class C felony. This means you could be fined up to $5000 along with prison time. The amount of the fine/jail time depend on the specific crime committed.

Rhode Island

Legal Status: Illegal

Relevant Laws: General Laws of Rhode Island. Title 11, Chapter 47. Statute Subsection 11-47-42.

Rhode Island is yet another state where it is illegal to own or possess one. They also have stiff penalties for doing so.

Penalties: If you are found in possession of a stun gun while in the state of Rhode Island you can receive a fine up to $1,000 and/or up to 1 year in prison. So the bottom line is, don’t possess one while in Rhode Island.

Wisconsin

Legal Status: Illegal

Relevant Laws: Wisconsin Sta. Ann Chapter 939, Crimes – General Provisions. Chapter 939.22, Words and phrases defined.

In Wisconsin it is against the law to own or possess any “Electronic Stun Device”. A big difference in Wisconsin verses other states where they are illegal is the harshness of the penalties for getting caught with one.

Penalties: In Wisconsin, if you’re found with any electronic stunning device you will be charged with a Class E felony. A Class E Felony can carry a maximum fine of $50,000 and/or 15 years in prison. Keep in mind those are maximum figures for a Class E Felony in general. The circumstances involving your specific charge play a role in what you will actually face.

There you have it, an in-depth look at states where you cannot own a stun gun. If the state you live in is not listed above than you don’t have anything to worry about. However, laws tend to change over time so to be safe you should still check with your local police department prior to purchasing a one.

Stun Guns – Easy to Use and Sell

The world around us is increasingly becoming unsafe and dangerous for us. The fear of getting robbed, thugs attacking you with knives, crooks and pickpockets or robbers brandishing revolvers and following you at night – these are pretty common incidents in current times – incidents that have raised a lot of concern about safety issues.

Particularly worrisome is the trend of robbing and murdering innocent people out in deserted stretches at night and women are at increased risk of being attacked and sexually assaulted before being murdered. Just imagine the plight of those men and women who have to work in graveyard shifts and return home at unearthly hours at night.

These men and women give top priority to non lethal self defense methods to save themselves from such attackers. Now everybody isn’t a black belt holder or judo expert, nor does every second person possess the guts to fire a real gun at a miscreant.

It is for people like these that the stun guns have been invented and these guns are regarded by all and sundry as the best form of non lethal self defense.

When you are attacked by a thug or miscreant, just press the stun gun on his or her body. An electricity charge measuring a paltry 2 or 3 milli amps emanating from the gun will hit the subject and incapacitate the assailant without killing him/her.

By the time your assailant recovers from his stunned state, you will be gone!

These guns are so popular compared to other weapons because of their ease of use and because they are far more safe compared to rest of the weaponry as no permanent damage is caused to the brain. The neurological effects usually are short term and the long term ones are few and far between.

You can use these guns on any portion of the miscreant’s body, they fit into pockets of jackets and pants and inside purses, a single recharge will ensure it can be used multiple times and it takes only a few minutes to master.

Now let me tell you of a really great business opportunity. You have more or less understood that self defense items like pepper sprays and stun guns have a huge demand and a huger market. You can sell stun guns either physically or online and tap into this market with vast potential.

Those who sell stun guns online acquire a huge profit margin and it makes good business sense to sell these self defense items of a non lethal nature to people who are in dire need of them.

Just make sure you stock the top brands as well as the more affordable ones and market yourself properly to create awareness about your online store and its products.

How to Start a Paintball Field Business

Just like any business, a commercial paintball field will take perseverance, patience and (unfortunately), a fairly significant amount of start up capital. You can save a lot money and time however, with proper planning and an exact list of the best quality bulk paintball supplies for the cheapest prices. Overspending from buying too much equipment in the beginning can put too much pressure on a brand new business. On the contrary, starting a business without enough working capital can also lead to its death.

Starting a paintball field business is not as easy as simply setting up a fence, a few bunkers and collecting money at the door. The location of the field is your first concern. If you don’t already own the land, it’s very rare for a start-up paintball field to generate enough money to pay a mortgage. Rather than taking out a huge loan for real estate, your best bet is to go into business with someone who owns land; you can possibly rent the land or consider offering a percentage of the business to the landowner.

If you’re starting your own field, there are certain paintball supplies that will be essential. The best advice is to start small and add more equipment as you need. When starting a business, you will want to have a clear goal in mind about how big you plan to get; but don’t let your delusions of grandeur ruin your math skills. Keep a close tally of all costs from the very beginning, starting with the first quote on paintball gear.

Before you start gathering paintball equipment quotes, there are obvious steps you will have to take that are the same for starting any business. Setting up your business entity and getting a local business license will be necessary beginning steps to becoming a retail dealer. Every penny counts when starting a business, so getting dealer prices for your equipment quotes is a must; this is a mandatory first step. The equipment you will need to start a new paintball field business can become exhaustive quickly, however start with the bare minimum.

Don’t start by building the paintball field of your dreams right off the bat; open your business with the bare minimum and build into a larger operation with more equipment as your clientele list grows. You will need bunkers, paintball guns with hoppers, air tanks, and plenty of paintballs. At first, you can save money on buying only a few paintball markers for people who don’t have one, or you can allow players to bring their own. A ‘bring your own’ field is a great way to save money however is somewhat impractical.

One the problems with a BYOPG field is you will get complaints about players who have unfair advantages with totally decked out paintball guns. Another disadvantage of allowing players to bring their own markers is you will be missing out on renting/making money on an essential piece of gear – without a paintball gun, you can’t play. To save money on your initial equipment investment, however, “bring your own” policies will let you get by with a smaller number of guns for your first purchase.

Perhaps the largest equipment costs for a start-up paintball field is the air tank refill station. This will require a commercial sized air compressor; depending on the size, these can cost between $4500-$14000. You will also need one (if not several) industrial bulk sized air tanks to store the air you produce from the compressor. Finally, you will need a fill station scale and air tank refill kit to transfer the air from the bulk sized tank to the smaller paintball gun air tanks.

While your air tank refill station may be one of your more expensive equipment commitments, it’s also a definite regular income source of every paintball field. Eventually this investment will pay off – everyone at your field will need air tank refills and will have to pay what you ask if they want to keep playing. If there are a lot of paintballers in your area, you can also sell tank refills to anyone with an empty tank even if they’re not field customers.

Other essential equipment when starting a paintball field are bunkers for players to hide behind during battle. Fortunately, bunkers can be made of just about anything and still be effective. Old cars, stacks of tires, barrels, and even rock piles work great. In some cases the land itself may provide natural bunkers with hills, old barns or buildings, trees or different elevations. You can also purchase inflatable bunkers of all shapes and sizes for your paintball field. Shapes available include large triangles, rectangles, and cylinders that provide great cover while playing.

Another method of making money with your field is by renting out the paintball equipment your customers use when playing. This equipment will consist of a paintball gun, mask, hopper and air tank. You can also offer various protective equipment like chest or groin protectors, helmets or even tactical vests. After your field has a positive cash flow, you can upgrade your equipment rentals with better masks or more expensive guns (offered at higher fees).

Decide on the types of paintball guns you’re going to offer as a rental based on cost, performance, durability and support. Choose paintball guns that are lightweight, easy to shoot and hardly break down. Basic models of top name brands (like Tippmann or Kingman Spyder) are very affordable, durable and easy to maintain. Make sure the paintball markers you choose have plenty of available parts and upgrades as well as solid warranties.

Another mandatory piece of equipment is protective gear. To provide the most fun at your field, you must ensure proper safety at all times – industry approved paintball masks or goggles must be worn by every player. Choose goggles that are sturdy and offer the most protection for the cheapest price. Other equipment like paintball gun CO2 or compressed air tanks, remote lines and pod harnesses can also become a significant portion of your budget if you don’t do proper price shopping.

Another part of your initial ‘must-have’ equipment inventory is paintballs. Make paintballs a “must buy” policy at your establishment – “if you want to play on our field, you must use house paintballs.” Your ability to make money selling paintballs will depend heavily on how good of a deal you can get. Unfortunately, paintballs are expensive and you’re only going to get the best price markdowns unless you purchase palettes of paintballs (50+ cases).

This also presents the small dilemma of where you’re going to store your paintball stash. Paintballs must be stored in climate controlled air or they will go bad, warp and not shoot right. If you plan on storing your paintballs in the old barn on your field, you’re going to waste a lot of money, not to mention hurt your business. If the paintballs you sell at your field break inside player’s guns or won’t fly straight because they’ve gone bad, people will not have the best time at your park and won’t want to come back.

Before jumping right in, take your time researching this paintball business and even more time shopping for the cheapest priced gear and best discount package. Study every aspect of what it takes to be successful in your business before opening. Remember to include room in your budget for an extensive advertising plan to market your new business for several seasons. Finally, once you’ve bought your equipment and set everything up, give your field a field test – make sure it’s fun to play on!