TASERS and Stun Guns for Self Defense and Personal Safety


What are TASERS and stun guns?

TASERS and stun guns are handheld electroshock guns developed by TASER International. Most people are surprised to learn that TASER is an acronym for “Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle.” The TASER gun was originally designed in 1969 by an inventor named Jack Cover, who named the electric gun after the adventure character Tom Swift.

How do Stun Guns Work?

TASER® guns work by firing tiny dart-like electrodes propelled by small gas charges (such as compressed nitrogen). The electrodes have metal wires that attach back to the device. When the electrodes contact the target, the electronic device transmits powerful electrical pulses along the cables and into the target’s body, causing significant pain. 

The typical device’s maximum range is about 30 feet. The guns use a pulse arc of electricity that disrupts a person’s nerve and muscle function without needing metal prongs on the projectile to penetrate the skin.

The pulse models are designed to bring down a subject even if they wear body armor.

Who Uses the Devices?

TASER guns are used primarily by police departments and law enforcement officers to reduce the number of lethal firearm-related deaths. Many police departments report a decline in the number of police officer-involved shootings as a result of using police TASER guns. 

Private security guards also use electronic stun guns as an alternative to carrying a firearm. Private citizens also use the devices as personal protection to stop attackers in their tracks.

Controversy over Safety

There is growing controversy about the use or abuse of electronic guns, especially concerning the use of police tasers.  While they are not technically considered lethal weapons, many question the safety and humaneness of the tools. Many people feel the use of police taser guns is abused. Several civil liberty groups would like to see them banned completely. Amnesty International has documented over 150 deaths related to the use of electric guns.

The U.S. National Institute of Justice studied taser-related abuse deaths while a subject was in custody.

Where to Buy TASERS and stun guns

The Home Security Superstore

The Home Security Superstore has a wide selection of TASERs, guns, and batons.

  • The Streetwise™ Sting Ring is a compact, powerful self-defense tool, delivering 18 million volts with its innovative Squeeze-N-Stun technology. Designed to be worn around the middle finger, it’s easily concealed in your hand, with a safety switch to prevent accidental activation. This lightweight (3.2 oz) device is simple to operate and recharge via USB, making it ideal for everyday carry in a pocket, purse, or backpack. Features include a built-in rechargeable battery, a USB charging cord, and a lifetime warranty. It must be charged for 2 hours before first use. Dimensions are 3″ x 2.28″ x 1″. Price: $22.95, with 241 reviews indicating customer satisfaction.
  • TASER® Pulse Subcompact – This model fires two barbed probes up to 15 feet away. The barbs can stick into flesh, penetrate clothing, and even send a jolt of electricity through a bulletproof vest. As a result, the electricity interrupts the body’s normal function and incapacitates the target. In addition, the gun has two metal electrodes that work by pressing the device to the subject’s body. Also, it has a built-in laser to help improve aiming.
  • Cell Phone Stun Gun – This is one of the most powerful stun guns and is simple and reliable. Disguised as a cell phone, the stun gun cell is one of the most powerful stun guns available. People usually think it is the high voltage that stops an attacker. Not true. Voltage doesn’t hurt anyone; it’s the amperage. One amp will kill someone. This cell only has between 5 and 8 milliamps. Just enough to incapacitate an attacker without doing any permanent damage. This is an entirely non-lethal way to protect yourself. 800,000 Volts, 4.5 inches tall X, 1.75 inches wide, 1 inch thick, Available in Red or Blue, FREE Holster Safety Switch.

NOTE: Due to laws and regulations, companies will not sell or ship to the following states: the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, or outside the United States. In Iowa and Mississippi, a permit is required to legally possess a stun gun or taser. Be sure to check your local laws before placing your order.



Many spy equipment shops sell taser holsters, stun batons, and belts. Holsters are generally unnecessary for the average individual, as most private citizens wish to conceal their weapons. However, police and security professionals may wear a holster as a part of their standard uniform.

TASERS and stun guns Laws and Restrictions

These types of protection devices are restricted in the following states.  Since state laws constantly change, check your state and local weapon laws before purchasing: Illinois, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.

These electronic weapons are restricted in the following cities: Annapolis, MD, Baltimore, MD, Chicago, IL, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. Also, the possession and sale of Stunning Devices are banned in New York City.

Electronic weapons are restricted in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, India (permitted for police use only), Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.


  • Due to how it is pronounced, the acronym is sometimes miswritten as TAZER.
  • The devices are intended to be used for personal protection only.
  • The shipping of TASER-branded devices outside the United States is restricted by federal law.
  • The voltage delivered during shock varies widely, so check the voltage level before purchasing.
  • Private investigators should be familiar with these weapons for their safety while on the job and for investigating cases involving their use.

Learn about other types of equipment used for personal protection and self-defense.


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