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 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.
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.