Stun guns can be a useful tool for self-defense, but it's important to understand the laws and regulations surrounding them.  Wisconsin 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 Badger State.

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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. (more on that below)
  • 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 Wisconsin...Mostly

In Wisconsin, adults in Wisconsin don't need a permit to have a stun gun or Taser in their own homes or businesses.

However, there's a catch: it's illegal to carry a concealed stun gun or Taser on your person without a concealed weapons permit unless you're on your own property.

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