Stun guns can be a useful tool for self-defense, but it's important to understand the laws and regulations surrounding them.  Illinois has specific stun gun laws you need to know to stay safe and compliant.

Let's dive into the complex world of stun gun regulations in the Land of Lincoln.

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Why Would You Want a Stun Gun

So, you might be thinking, "Why would I want to carry a concealed stun gun or Taser anyway?" Stun guns are actually incredibly effective self-defense weapons. They can incapacitate an attacker and give you time to escape or call for help.

  • Don't assume stun guns and tasers are the same thing - they operate differently and have unique legal restrictions.
  • Be aware of the laws and regulations in your state and locality before purchasing a stun gun or taser. They vary from place to place and can have severe consequences if not followed.
  • Consider the potential risks and responsibilities that come with carrying a stun gun or taser. They can be effective self-defense tools, but they also require proper training and responsible use.
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The Serious Stuff

Carrying a stun gun with the intent to use it on another person without justification is illegal and considered assault. Penalties can range from a fine to jail time or even years in prison.

Stun guns are close proximity devices that require you to be next to the person attacking you. They use a painful shock to discourage further contact. On the other hand, a TASER uses projectile prongs that attach to a target further away—up to 15 feet.

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Stun Guns Are Legal in Illinois...If You Have This

Prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling a few years ago, possession of stun guns and tasers were strictly prohibited under Illinois law.

Now, however, in Illinois it's illegal to buy or even possess a stun gun or taser unless you have a FOID Card.  Residents can apply this Firearm Owners' Identification Card needed to own a real gun, a stun gun, and taser.

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