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.
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.)
In Ohio, you may purchase, possess (openly or concealed), or use a stun gun for self-defense without obtaining a permit.
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:
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.)
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.