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Are Stun Guns and Tasers Legal in NY – here’s the answer!

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We are often asked if stun guns or tasers are legal in the state of New York.

The answer is YES!  On March 22/2019, a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on stun guns and tasers as unconstitutional and issued an injunction against enforcement of the previous ban. Scroll to the bottom of this post for links to the ruling .

Here are some examples of the stun guns and tasers ship to the state of New York:


  • stun batons – many look like flashlights


  • TASER brand products and accessories


The ruling is available here, but the “meat and potatoes of the ruling are in the last two paragraphs:

Therefore, it is ORDERED that

1. Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment is GRANTED;

2. Defendant’s cross-motion for summary judgment is DENIED;

3. New York Penal Law § 265.01(1), as applied to “electronic dart guns” and “electronic stun guns,” is an unconstitutional restriction on the right to bear arms; and

4. Defendant, his officers, agents, servants, employees, and all persons in active concert or participation with the New York State Police are hereby ENJOINED from enforcing New York Penal Law § 265.01(1) as applied to “electronic dart guns” and “electronic stun guns.”

4 thoughts on “Are Stun Guns and Tasers Legal in NY – here’s the answer!”

  1. Hi, a was just referred to you by someone on Facebook after I asked whether or not pepper spray or a switchblade were legal in NYS or not. . I was just recently found out that I’m being stalked by some girl who has been literally stalking me, sitting in her car at the corner of my street trying to find which house I came out of. I didn’t see that in til I was leaving one day this week. She followed me a few blocks up from me after I got in my car to leave my house, pulled up next to me and said “now I know where u lay your head at night Tiffany! ” I don’t know who she is and can’t, for the life of me put her face anywhere. I don’t know how she knows me. But I don’t remember who she us. I never saw her before. Anyway, now I feel I need to protect myself. I already put a camera on my house. But I don’t feel it’ll save me if I ever get attacked. I’m in need of a stun gun or pepper spray. What’s the cheapest, most effective one u got? I need it ASAP PLEASE. MY number 716-***-****. I’m in Buffalo, NY

    1. Thanks for your comment.
      Yes, depending on …
      If she wants to carry a pistol
      If she is able a pistol permit
      If she would be ready to use lethal force when challenged
      If she is willing to go to the range and practice

      We are here for people who are looking for non-lethal options to protect themselves.
      Walking down the street with a firearm in your hand is problematic, at best.

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