06 Mar Can You Have a Personal Stun Gun or Taser in California?
Personal protection is something everyone needs to worry about. In addition to taking self-defense classes, many people have started to explore different things that they can carry that will help them protect themselves if they’re attacked.
Traditionally, pepper spray has been the first choice for men and women alike when they’re looking for an extra layer of self-defense. Pepper spray is legal. It’s readily available. It’s inexpensive, and it’s easy to use. The biggest problem with pepper spray is that if the victim isn’t able to gauge wind direction or is positioned close to their assailant, they are likely to also get a dose of the spray, making it impossible to remove themselves from the situation and also making them vulnerable if there is more than one person involved in the attack.
Personal tasers or stun guns are other options. It’s possible to purchase a lightweight, affordable, easy-to-use micro-taser that easily attaches to a self-defense keychain. More and more women find that they are more comfortable using one of these tasers than they are with a can of pepper spray.
The only problem with personal tasers is that they aren’t legal in every state.
The good news is that you are legally allowed to carry a personal taser in California. You don’t even need a permit to purchase, carry, and use the personal taser.
The bad news is that not everyone is allowed to be in possession of a personal taser. Individuals who aren’t allowed to carry a personal taser in California include:
✨ Anyone who has been convicted of a felony
✨ Individuals with an assault conviction
✨ Individuals who are addicted to narcotics
✨ People who are younger than 16
It’s important to note that while teenagers who are 16 or 17 are allowed to have a personal taser, they are required to have the written consent of their parents.
If you plan on carrying a personal taser, you need to be aware that there are some restrictions about where you can bring the taser. You’re not allowed to have it on you when you’re:
✨ In a school
✨ In a secured area of one of California’s airports, including on the plane
✨ In government buildings