No Gun? What Are My Self-Defense Options?

No Gun? What Are My Self-Defense Options?


Watch U.S. LawShield of Virginia Independent Program Attorney Ed Riley break down the legality of using non-knife or non-firearm weapons for self-defense.



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2 comments on “No Gun? What Are My Self-Defense Options?

    The attorney said you can carry a stun weapon concealed, the only weapon covered by a Virginia CHP is a handgun. I would be interested in any code updates that allow for stun weapon to be legally concealed.

      Hi David. Thanks for your question! Please see the below response from one of our Independent Program Attorneys in Virginia.

      “Va. Code 18.2-308 criminalizes the carrying of certain specific concealed weapons. This law does not criminalize the concealed carry of a stun weapon. A stun weapon is defined by Va. Code § 18.2-308.1 as any device that emits a momentary or pulsed output, which is electrical, audible, optical or electromagnetic in nature and which is designed to temporarily incapacitate a person. Stun weapons are also commonly referred to as stun guns, stun batons, or tasers. It is legal to open carry and conceal carry a stun weapon unless otherwise prohibited by law due to premises prohibitions or a felony conviction. It is unlawful for any person convicted of a felony or adjudicated delinquent of a delinquent act which would be a felony if committed by an adult to knowingly and intentionally possess or transport any stun weapon. However, there is an exception that allows such persons to possess a stun weapon in his residence or on the curtilage.”

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