Stun Gun Laws in District of Columbia

Learn about stun gun laws as well as possession requirements in D.C.

A stun gun (popularly also known as a Taser, the main maker of stun guns) is a destructive device intended to stun or disable a person by means of an electric shock.

(D.C. Code § 7-2501.01.)

This article describes District of Columbia laws regarding who may not have a stun gun, and the circumstances or situations when carrying a stun gun is illegal in the state.

To learn more about how stun guns work, and how permitting laws vary by state, see States Requiring a Stun Gun Permit.

People Who May Not Carry a Stun Gun in the District of Columbia

In the District of Columbia, it is illegal to possess, carry, transfer, loan, manufacture, or sell a stun gun. Peace officers and licensed stun gun dealers are exempt from this rule.

(D.C. Code §§ 7-2502.01, 7-2504.01, 7-2507.01.)

Penalties for Stun Gun Carry Violations

It is a misdemeanor to possess, carry, or sell a stun gun. Penalties include a fine of up to $2,500, up to one year in jail, or both.

(D.C. Code §§ 7–2507.06, 22–3571.01.)

It is a felony to knowingly sell, transfer, or distribute a stun gun to a person under the age of 18. Penalties include a fine of up to $25,000, 10 years in prison, or both.

(D.C. Code §§ 7–2507.06, 22–3571.01.)

Getting Legal Help

If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to purchase, carry, or use a gun in the District of Columbia, or if you are facing charges for a stun gun violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.

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