Stun Guns

Tennessee does not have a specific provision regulating stun guns or Tasers, but some state and local laws may apply to these weapons. You can buy a stun gun or Taser in Tennessee without a permit, and the state does not prohibit carrying such electric weapons for self-defense. However, these devices may well fit the definition of “deadly weapons” bringing them under control of certain Tennessee statutes. Generally, it is a felony to carry a deadly weapon with the intent to use it in a crime. Likewise, committing a crime while using or showing a deadly weapon can result in being charged with the aggravated version of the crime, meaning facing a felony charge rather than a misdemeanor. Be sure to check local ordinances as well, as some cities may have weapon ordinances that are stricter than state law, and thus might apply to stun guns or Tasers. People working as private security guards, who are to carry a Taser or stun gun on duty, can do so if they have been certified to carry such device.