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Pennsylvania: Legal with Restrictions

People Who May Not Carry a Stun Gun in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, most people may purchase, possess (openly or concealed), or use a stun gun for self-defense
without obtaining a permit. However, you may not purchase, possess, or use a stun gun if you are in a class of people
who are not allowed to possess firearms in Pennsylvania. (18 Pa. Con. Stat. §§ 908.1, 6105.)

This includes:

  • convicted felons,
  • people convicted of certain specified crimes (such as offenses relating to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol),
  • people who have a protection order against them that requires them to relinquish weapons to the court,
  • fugitives from justice,
  • people who have been adjudicated incompetent,
  • juvenile delinquents, and
  • people unlawfully present in the United States.

Situations or Circumstances Where Carrying a Stun Gun is Illegal

It is illegal to carry a stun gun for purposes other than self-defense. (18 Pa. Con. Stat. § 908.1.)

Penalties for Stun Gun Carry Violations

It is a second degree felony to purchase, possess, or use a stun gun if you are a convicted felon. Penalties include a fine of at least $5,000 (and up to $25,000), up to ten years in prison, or both. (101 Pa. Con Stat. § 15.66, 18 Pa. Con. Stat. § 6105.)

It is also a second degree felony if you use a stun gun for a reason other than self-defense with the intent to commit a felony. Otherwise, if you had no intent to commit a felony (but you nonetheless use a stun gun for an unlawful purpose, or possess one with the intent to do so), the offense is a first degree misdemeanor. Penalties include a fine of at least $1,500 (and up to $10,000), up to five years in prison, or both. Additional fines may apply to repeat offenders. (101 Pa. Con. Stat. § 15.66, 30 Pa. Con. Stat. § 923.)

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