Stun Gun Laws in North Carolina

Learn about stun gun laws as well as possession requirements in North Carolina.

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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 than a regular firearm.

This article describes North Carolina 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 North Carolina

In North Carolina, it is legal to buy a stun gun, but you may possess and use it onlyon your own premises (in your house or the surrounding property). With exceptions for certain law enforcement personnel and armed guards, it is illegal to carry a stun gun (openly or concealed) in public.

(N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 14-269.)

Situations or Circumstances Where Carrying a Stun Gun is Illegal

In North Carolina, it is illegal to carry a stun gun in public, with additional penalties for carrying a stun gun on school property.

(N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 14-269.)

Penalties for Stun Gun Carry Violations

It is a class 2 misdemeanor to possess or use a stun gun in public. Penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, up to 30 days in jail, or both.

It is a class 2 misdemeanor to possess or use a stun gun on educational property. Penalties include a fine in the amount determined by the court, up to 45 days in jail, or both.

Increased jail time may apply to either offense if you have prior convictions.

Getting Legal Help

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

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