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 Ohio state law regarding how to legally carry 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.
How to Legally Carry a Stun Gun in Ohio
In Ohio, most people may purchase, possess (openly or concealed), or use a stun gun for self-defense without obtaining a permit. You may also carry a concealed stun gun for any lawful purpose while in your own home. A stun gun may not be carried (openly or concealed) if intended to be used as a deadly weapon.
(Ohio Rev. Code Ann. §§ 2923.11, 2923.12.)
People Who May Not Carry a Stun Gun in Ohio
In Ohio, you may purchase, possess (openly or concealed), or use a stun gun for self-defense without obtaining a permit.
Situations or Circumstances Where Carrying a Stun Gun is Illegal
It is illegal to carry a stun gun for purposes other than self-defense. It is also illegal to carry stun gun (openly or concealed) in the following places:
- a school safety zone or child care center (Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2923.122), or
- a courthouse. (Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2923.123.)
Penalties for Stun Gun Carry Violations
In Ohio, it is a first-degree misdemeanor to carry a concealed stun gun in public if the intent is to use the stun gun as a deadly weapon. Penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, up to six months in jail, or both.
(Ohio Rev. Code Ann. §§ 2923.12, 2929.24, 2929.28.)
Carrying a stun gun (openly or concealed) in a school safety zone or courthouse is a fifth-degree felony, and penalties include a fine of up to $2,500, between six and 12 months in jail, or both.
(Ohio Rev. Code Ann. §§ 2923.122, 2929.14, 2929.18.)
Getting Legal Help
If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to purchase, carry, or use a stun gun in Ohio, or if you are facing charges for a stun gun violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.