Know the Law: Non-Lethal Self-Defense | Missouri

The following is a video transcript.

We often get questions about non-lethal self-defense weapons. We will address some of those commonly asked questions today. Not everyone wishes to carry a firearm in every situation. What does Missouri law say about non-lethal weapons?


First, tasers are not prohibited by Missouri law and often serve as effective non-lethal self-defense weapons. If you are carrying a taser, make sure to keep it charged and readily accessible.

Pepper spray

Second, pepper spray can also serve as another non-lethal self-defense mechanism. Pepper sprays come in many varieties including a gel formula. If you’re looking to carry pepper spray, I recommend practicing with pepper spray, first. You want to be able to use it effectively if you ever need to use it.

Blackjacks and batons

Third, Missouri Law considers blackjacks and batons, along with other weapons adapted for the purpose of stunning or inflicting physical injury by striking a person, to be lethal weapons. These weapons are illegal to carry into the same areas that prohibit the carrying of firearms.

Finally, remember, any weapon can be lethal. If someone dies as a result of your intended non-lethal use of force, you could still face a civil lawsuit even if you did not commit a criminal offense.

If you have questions about non-lethal weapons, call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to your Independent Program Attorney.

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