No Gun? What Are My Self-Defense Options? | Virginia

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? | Virginia

  1. 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 ยง 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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