Seniors who wish to defend themselves with less-than-lethal weapons, such as stun guns, tasers, or defensive sprays have limited options. New Jersey law defines a “weapon” as anything capable of inflicting serious bodily injury. The law specifically deems stun guns, tasers, and defensive sprays as weapons. Here in New Jersey, it is unlawful to possess a weapon outside the home for self-defense.
In the Home
Seniors may use less-than-lethal weapons, such as stun guns, tasers, or defensive sprays inside the home. Seniors may have an advantage defending themselves with tasers since tasers provide distance between the victim and their attacker. And unlike a firearm, a taser doesn’t have to be secure when not in use.
Out of the Home
There is only one exemption outside the home for self-defense: defensive sprays. A defensive spray’s design is “…to produce temporary physical discomfort or disability.” Provided the spray contains less than three-quarters of an ounce of the chemical substance, it’s legal. Basically, New Jersey only permits carrying pocket-sized pepper spray outside the home.
The possession of stun guns or tasers is prohibited outside the home. Only the carrying of pocket-size defensive sprays are permitted outside the home. Bottom line: Seniors may own and use stun guns, tasers, and defensive sprays as weapons inside the home.
For any questions regarding self-defense laws in New Jersey, call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to your Independent Program Attorney.