Are stun guns legal in California?

One of the first questions people wonder about is if it is even legal to have a stun gun in California. And the answer is: YES.

California law allows for regular citizens to have and carry stun guns and to use them in a lawful manner. By lawful it means for their intended purpose which is as a self defense device.

Stun Gun Law in California

The law specifically states, “any person may purchase, possess, or use a stun gun” and you can read the entire text of the code here.

California Stun GunHowever, if you are convicted felon or have been convicted of any crime involving assault, then you would be prohibited from having a stun gun in California.

For the majority of people though, a stun gun is a valuable tool you can have in your possession to aid you in preventing an assault or attack. Stun guns are effective because of their static electrical charge that gets pumped into the person on the wrong end of it.

It’s important to note that a stun gun is different from a taser and we’ll get into that in a later post. Basically a taser can be used from a distance while a stun gun has to actually touch the person in order for it to work.

However, discharging the stun gun as a show of force is often enough to change a person’s mind about giving you some grief. You have to weigh that against the surprise of actually using it on someone or trying to warn them off.

To sum up the this post though, in the State of California, stun guns are in fact, ok for you to have.

  1. heartland of America makes the statement that stun guns cannot be shipped to CA. The law states that it is legal to have and carry a stun gun in California.

    heartland says it is a shipping prohibition not one of ownership. I had a 44 mag. shipped from Kentucky and once shipped, no one can tell what is in the box. So what is the problem.

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