Stun Gun Laws in Rhode Island

Learn about stun gun laws and possession requirements in Rhode Island.

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 Rhode Island 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 State Gun Laws and Permit Requirements.

People Who May Not Carry a Stun Gun in Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, it is illegal to possess or use a stun gun. Peace officers and select others are exempt from this law. Violation of this law is a misdemeanor.

(R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. §§ 11-47-42, 11-47-43.)

Penalties for Stun Gun Carry Violations

It is illegal to possess or use a stun gun in Rhode Island. Penalties include the confiscation of the stun gun and a fine of up to $1,000, up to one year in jail, or both.

(R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 11-47-42.)

Getting Legal Help

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

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