A stun gun (popularly also known as a Taser, the main maker of stun guns) is a non-lethal weapon used primarily for self-defense. People who have qualms about carrying a firearm, but who are also concerned about self defense, often opt to carry a stun gun as an effective, but less dangerous form of protection.
This article describes Florida 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 Stun Gun Laws and Permit Requirements.
People Who May Not Carry a Stun Gun in Florida
In Florida, most people may purchase, posses (openly or concealed), or use a 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, or someone convicted of a juvenile crime that would have been a felony had it been committed by an adult; or someone younger than 16 years old (except with parental consent and adult supervision).
(Fl. Stat. Ann. § 790.22 & 790.23.)
Situations or Circumstances Where Carrying a Stun Gun is Illegal
It is illegal to carry a stun gun for purposes other than self-defense (with greater penalties for concealed carry than for open carry).
It is also illegal to carry or use a stun gun at a school-sponsored event or on the property of any school, school bus, or school bus stop. For purposes of this law, “school” means any public or private preschool, elementary school, middle school, junior high school, secondary school, career center, or postsecondary school.
(Fl. Stat. Ann. § 790.115.)
Penalties for Stun Gun Carry Violations
It is a second degree felony to purchase, possess, or use a stun gun if you are a convicted felon; or for anyone while on school property. Penalties include a fine of up to $10,000, up to 15 years in prison, or both.
Penalties for minors who unlawfully possess or use a stun gun vary according to the circumstances of the offense; and the judge has the discretion to impose fines, juvenile detention, court-approved community service, or a combination thereof.
Openly carrying a stun gun for purposes other than self defense is a second degree misdemeanor, which incurs a fine of up to $500, up to 60 days in jail, or both. Concealed carry for non-self-defense purposes is a first degree misdemeanor. Penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, up to one year in jail, or both.
Getting Legal Help
If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to purchase, carry, or use a gun in Florida, or if you are facing charges for a stun gun violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.