Stun Gun Laws in Missouri

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

A stun gun (popularly also known as a Taser, the main maker of stun guns) is a non-lethal weapon that is capable of temporarily immobilizing a person by inflicting an electrical charge.

This article describes Missouri 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 Missouri

In Missouri, most people may purchase, possess (openly or concealed), or use a nonlethal stun gun for self-defense without obtaining a permit. However, cities and counties may have additional stun gun restrictions, so be sure to check with your local municipality for stun gun regulations in your area.

Situations or Circumstances Where Carrying a Stun Gun is Illegal

It is illegal to carry a concealed stun gun if it is intended to be used as an offensive, lethal weapon. Deadly weapons include any weapon from which a shot, readily capable of producing death or serious physical injury, may be discharged. Peace officers and specified others are exempt from this law. Violation of this law is a Class D felony.

(Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 571.030, 556.061.)

Penalties for Stun Gun Carry Violations

It is a Class D felony to carry a concealed stun gun if it is intended to be used as an offensive, lethal weapon. Penalties include a fine of up to $5,000, up to four years in prison, or both.

(Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 571.030, 556.061, 560.011, 558.011.)

Getting Legal Help

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

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