If a friend was recently sexually assaulted on the same college campus that I attend, am I legally allowed to keep a taser with me?

Because of this, I would like to purchase a taser to keep with me while on campus but am unsure of the legality of this.

Asked on June 3, 2014 under Criminal Law, North Carolina


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Good thing you asked.  A taser is a stun gun (Taser is the brand name). In North Carolina, it is legal to buy a stun gun, but you may possess and use it only on your own premises (in your house or the surrounding property). As a civilian it is illegal to carry a stun gun (openly or concealed) in public. (N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 14-269.) So the answer here is no, you can not do as you intend in your question. 

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