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.
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.
In North Carolina, most people may purchase, possess, or use a stun gun in public, and they do not have to obtain a permit. However, with exceptions for certain law enforcement personnel and armed guards, it is illegal to carry a concealed stun gun in public.
(N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 14-269.)
In North Carolina, it is illegal to carry a concealed stun gun in public, with additional penalties for carrying a stun gun (openly or concealed) on school property.
(N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § § 14-269, 14-269.2.)
It is a Class 2 misdemeanor to carry a concealed stun gun in public. Penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, up to 30 days in jail, or both.
(N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § § 14-269, 15A-1340.23.)
It is a Class 1 misdemeanor to possess or use a stun gun on educational property. It is also a Class 1 misdemeanor to furnish or aid a minor, under the age of 18, with a stun gun for use on educational property. Penalties include a fine in the amount determined by the court, up to 45 days in jail, or both.
(N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § § 14-269.2, 15A-1340.23.)
Increased jail time may apply to either offense if you have prior convictions.
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.