While in the state of Texas there are more laws governing use of pepper spray than there are for stun guns for personal protection, there are a few points of law to keep in mind when selecting or using a stun gun or other high-voltage personal defense device.
Definition of Weapon
Under Texas law, there is no weapons law applicable to high-voltage defense devices, be they Taser-type electric projectile systems or pronged contact stun guns. However, high-voltage stun batons may fall under the state's definition of a "club," or "an instrument that is specially designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a person with the instrument." "Blackjacks" and nightsticks also fall under this category of weapon and penalties for inappropriate use or offenses committed with such weapons can be severe.
Stun Baton Limitations
Under Texas law, a person is committing an offense if he is carrying a club, including a stun baton, unless on his own property (or property he controls, such as leased property) or are in, or are en route to, his vehicle.
Additionally, stun batons carried for personal use are prohibited from schools, racetracks, airports, polling places and courts.
Stun Guns and Fishing
Another Texas state law relating to the personal use of stun guns pertains to fishing. Under Texas law, it is illegal to use stun guns or any "electricity-producing device" to shock, stun, disorient or kill fish.
Stun Guns and Law Enforcement
One key item to keep in mind when selecting a stun gun for personal use in Texas is ownership. That is to say: when reaching for a stun gun, make sure that it is yours, or at the very least that it does not belong to a law enforcement officer or security guard. In Texas it is a felony to attempt to take a stun gun or other personal-defense device from state law enforcement, corrections or private security personnel.