Stun Gun Laws in Idaho

Learn about stun gun laws as well as possession requirements in Idaho.

A stun gun (popularly also known as a Taser, the main maker of stun guns) is any device that emits an electrical current, impulse, wave, or beam, and that is designed to incapacitate, injure or kill.

(Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3325.)

This article describes Idaho state law 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 Idaho

In Idaho, most people may purchase, possess (openly or concealed), or use a nonlethal stun gun for self-defense without obtaining a permit. However, you may not purchase, possess, or use a stun gun if you are a convicted felon.

(Idaho Code Ann. §§ 18-3302, 18-3325.)

Situations or Circumstances Where Carrying a Stun Gun is Illegal

It is a misdemeanor to carry or use a stun gun on school property (including a school bus) at a school-sponsored event. People exempt from this rule include:

  • peace officers,
  • non-student adults over the age of 18 who secure the stun gun in their locked vehicle, and
  • adults who lawfully possess a stun gun in a private vehicle while delivering minor children, students, or school employees to and from school.

(Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3302D.)

Assaults Using a Stun Gun

Using a stun gun to assault, batter, haze, or commit domestic violence against another person results in double the penalties provided for by Idaho law for these crimes.

(Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3325.)

Penalties for Stun Gun Carry Violations

It is a misdemeanor for convicted felons to possess or use a stun gun. Penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, up to six months in jail, or both.

(Idaho Code Ann. §§ 18-3325, 18-113.)

It is a felony to use a stun gun in the commission of another felony. Penalties include a fine of up to $50,000, up to five years in prison, or both.

(Idaho Code Ann. §§ 18-3325, 18-112.)

It is a misdemeanor to carry a stun gun on school property during a school event. Penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, up to one year in prison, or both.

(Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3302D.)

Getting Legal Help

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

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