Stun Gun Laws in Massachusetts

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

A stun gun (popularly also known as a Taser, the main maker of stun guns) is a portable device or weapon from which an electrical current, impulse, wave or beam may be directed, and which is designed to temporarily incapacitate, injure, or kill.

(Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, § 131J.)

This article describes Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, one may not purchase, possess (openly or concealed), sell, or use a stun gun unless he or she is:

  • a peace officer engaged in the performance of his or her duty, or
  • a merchant selling stun guns to a federal or state law enforcement agency.

(Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, § 131J.)

Situations or Circumstances Where Carrying a Stun Gun is Illegal

It is illegal to enter or attempt to enter a secure area of an airport while possessing a concealed stun gun.

(Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 269, § 12F.)

Penalties for Stun Gun Carry Violations

It is a misdemeanor to purchase, possess, sell, or use a stun gun in Massachusetts. Penalties include a fine of $500 to $1,000, between six and 30 months in jail, or both.

(Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, § 131J.)

It is a felony to enter or attempt to enter a secure area of an airport while possessing a concealed stun gun. Penalties include a fine up to $5,000, up to 30 months in jail or five years in prison, or both.

(Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, § 131J.)

Getting Legal Help

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

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