Can You Legally Own a Stun Gun in Iowa?
Whether you're a fan of stun guns, someone who feels safer with a little bit of defense in their pocket, or just an enthusiast of the latest gadgets, it's important to know the ins and outs of Iowa's stun gun laws.
Let's dive into the complex world of stun gun regulations in the Hawkeye State.
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.
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 of $65 and up to 30 days in jail to a fine of $10,000 and up to ten 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. -Safewise.com
Stun Guns Are Legal in Iowa...Mostly
In Iowa, the sale and possession of stun gun and Taser devices are generally legal, except in Denison / Crawford County where they're illegal and prohibited.
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.