Stun Gun Laws in Texas

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

A stun gun (popularly also known as a Taser, the main maker of stun guns) is a device designed to propel darts or other projectiles attached to wires that, on contact, will deliver an electrical pulse capable of incapacitating a person.

(Tx. Stat. and Code Ann. § 38.14.)

This article describes Texas 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 Texas

In Texas you may purchase, posses (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 in Texas for purposes other than self-defense. It is also a crime to attempt to take a stun gun (or other weapon) from a peace officer or other law enforcement agent.

(Tx. Stat. and Code Ann. § 38.14.)

Penalties for Stun Gun Carry Violations

It is a third degree felony to attempt to take a stun gun from a peace officer. Penalties include a fine of up to $10,000, at least two (and up to ten) years in prison, or both.

(Tx. Stat. and Code Ann. §§ 38.14, 12.34.)

Getting Legal Help

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

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