Legal Restrictions for Stunning Devices and Paintball Guns
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Cities & Counties Where Stunning Devices are Restricted
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- Annapolis, MD
- Baltimore, MD
- Howard County, MD
- Montgomery County, MD
- Chicago, IL
- Philadelphia, PA
- District of Columbia
States & Cities Where
Stunning Devices are Legal
but with Some Restrictions
Legislation on Paintball Guns
- Paintball Regulations
- Paintball Statutes in Other States
States Where Stunning Devices are Restricted:
Illegal Hawaii State Law. Rev. Stats. Title 10, Chapter 134. Firearms, Ammunition and Dangerous Weapons. Part 1. General Regulations. Chapter 134-1 Definitions. "Electric gun" means any portable device that is electrically operated to project a missile or electromotive force. Chapter 134-16 restriction on possession, sale, gift or delivery of electric guns. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person, including a licensed manufacturer, licensed importer or licensed dealer, to possess, offer for sale, hold for sale, sell, give, lend or deliver any electric gun. (b) Any electric gun in violation of subsection (a) shall be confiscated and disposed of by the chief of police.
Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in Hawaii.
Illegal Massachusetts State Law. Ann. Law of Massachusetts. Chapter 140. Sale of Firearms. Section 131J. No person shall sell, offer for sale or possess a portable device or personal protection device from which an electric current, impulse, wave or beam may be directed, which current, impulse, wave or beam is designed to incapacitate temporarily, injure or kill. Whoever violates this provision of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred nor more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not less than six months nor more than two years in a jail or house of correction, or both.
Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in Massachusetts.
Only online purchases of pepper sprays for animals is legal. Pepper sprays for humans can not be purchased online. They are only available through local licensed firearms dealers.
Illegal The Michigan Penal Code Act 328 of 1931. Chapter 750.224a Portable device or personal protection device directing electrical current, impulse, wave or beam; sale or possession prohibited; testing.
(1) A person shall not sell, offer for sale, or possess in this state a portable device or personal protection device from which an electric current, impulse, wave or beam is designed to incapacitate temporarily, injure, or kill. (3) A person who violates this section is guilty of a felony.
Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in Michigan.
Pepper sprays traditionally reserved for humans entail the following restrictions: Only pepper sprays of less than 35 grams per product with an OC concentration of less than 2% are allowed. Only OC pepper sprays with no UV dyes are allowed.
Illegal Wisconsin Sta. Ann. Chapter 939. Crimes - General Provisions. Chapter 939.22 Words and phrases defined. (10) "Dangerous personal protection device" means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded ***; any device designed as a personal protection device and capable of producing great harm ***; any electric personal protection device, as defined in s. 941.295(4); or any other device or instrumentality which, in the manner, it is used or intended to be used, is calculated or likely to produce death or great bodily harm.
Chapter 941.295 Possession of electric personal protection device. Subsection (1) On or after July 1, 1982, whoever sells, transports, manufactures, possesses or goes armed with any electric personal protection device is guilty of a Class E felony. Subsection (4) In this section, "electric personal protection device" means of any device which is designed, redesigned, used or intended to be used, offensively, to immobilize or incapacitate persons by the use electric current.
Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned.
Only pepper sprays with a strength of 10% are allowed. Safety features on the pepper sprays must be displayed and no higher weight than 15-60 grams is allowed.
Illegal New Jersey State Law. New Jersey Stat. Ann. Title 2C. New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice. Chapter 39-1. Prohibited self defense products and devices. (Section "r" summarized from Chapter 2C:39-1) "Weapon" means anything readily capable of lethal use or inflicting serious bodily injury.
The term includes, but is not limited to all (4) stun guns; and any personal protection device or (this section refers to tear gas and has been updated in 1995). Another device which projects, releases, or emits tear gas or any other substance intended to produce temporary physical discomfort or permanent injury through being vaporized or otherwise dispensed in the air.
"Stun Gun" means any personal protection device or device which emits an electrical charge or current intended to temporarily or permanently disable a person. Senate, No. 2871 -- L.1985, c. 360 Senate Bill No. 2781, as amended by the Senate Law, Public Safety, and Defense Committee, prohibits as a crime of the fourth degree the possession of a stun gun by any person, including a law enforcement officer.
A crime of the fourth degree carries a penalty of imprisonment for up to 18 months, a fine of up to $7,000, or both. Before being amended the bill classified possession of a crime in the third degree. Editor's Note: According to Len Lawson of NJ Legislative Council, (609) 292-4625) NJ does not classify crimes in felonies versus misdemeanors. The highest crimes are in the first degree on down to the fourth degree.
A fourth-degree penalty is a serious charge and is considered a misdemeanor in common terms. It is, however, an indictable offense. A fourth-degree crime does contain "a presumption of non-custodial sentencing," meaning that there is not imprisonment if there are no prior convictions. In some cases, the sentencing is obviated from one's record if there is a period of good behavior following the charge. The committee amended the bill to include a provision authorizing the Attorney General, at his discretion, to exempt law enforcement officers from the prohibition against possession stun guns.
The bill also was amended by the committee to include stun guns in the definition of "personal protection device" in paragraph r. N.J.S. 2C:39-1 (Chapter 2C:39-1) (h) Stun guns. Any person who knowingly has in his possession any stun gun is guilty of a crime in the fourth degree.
Possession is banned of Stunning Devices in New Jersey.
Illegal New York Consolidated Law (McKinney's) Book 39. Penal Law. Article 265. Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons 265.00 15-a. "Electronic dart gun" means any device designed primarily as a personal protection device, the purpose of which is to momentarily stun, knock out or paralyze a person by passing an electrical shock to such person using a dart or projectile.
"Electronic stun gun" means any device designed primarily as a personal protection device, the purpose of which is to momentarily stun, cause mental disorientation, knock out or paralyze a person by passing a high voltage electrical shock to such person. Article 265.01 Criminal possession of a personal protection device in the fourth-degree. A person is guilty of criminal possession of a personal protection device in the fourth degree when: (1) He possesses any firearm, electronic dart gun, electronic stun gun ***] or ***
Possession is banned of Stunning Devices in New York.
Online sales of pepper sprays for animals are legal online. Online retailers can sell and ship animal repellents, including a dog and bear pepper sprays. Pepper sprays for humans are to be sold in pharmacies and by licensed firearms dealers locally. Personal safety alarms that incorporate high decibel ranges are legal to carry and use.
Electronic control devices that utilize Electro-Muscular Disruption (EMD) technology, will only be sold to cities and states allowing these devices.
Illegal General Laws of Rhode Island. Title 11, Chapter 47. Statue Subsection 11-47-42. Weapons other than firearms prohibited. (A) No person shall carry or possess or attempt to use against another, any instrument or personal protection device of the kind commonly known as a ***stun gun***. Any person violating the provisions of this subsection shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or both such fine and imprisonment, and the personal protection device so found shall be confiscated.
Possession and use of Stunning Devices are banned.
Cities & Counties Where Stunning Devices are Restricted:
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:
Illegal District of Columbia Law. DC
Code Ann. Title 6, Chapter 23. Firearms Control. Subchapter I. General Provisions 6-23032. (7) "Destructive device" means: (B) "Any device by whatever name known which will, or is designed, or may be readily converted or restored, to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellants through a smooth bore barrel, except a shotgun." (D) Any device designed or redesigned, made or remade, or readily converted or restored, and intended to stun or disable a person by means of electric shock.
Subchapter II. Firearms and Destructive Devices. General Provision 6-2311. Registration requirements: (a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, no person or organization in the District of Columbia ("District") shall receive, possess, control, transfer, offer for sale, sell, give, or deliver any destructive device.
No person or organization in the District shall possess or control any firearm unless that person or organization holds a valid registration certificate for the firearm. Subchapter V. Sales and Transfer of Firearms, Destructive Devices, and Ammunition. General Provision 6-2351. Sales and transfers prohibited. No person or organization shall sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of any firearm, destructive device or ammunition in the District except as provided in ***6-2352, or 6-2375.
Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in Washington, DC.
Electronic control devices that utilize Electro-Muscular Disruption (EMD) technology will only be sold to cities and states allowing these devices.
NEW YORK CITY:
Illegal Administrative Code of the City of New York 10-135 Prohibition on sale and possession of electronic stun guns. a. As used in this section, "electronic stun gun" shall mean any device designed primarily as a personal protection device. The purpose of which is to stun, render unconscious or paralyze a person by passing an electronic shock to such person, but shall not include an "electronic dart gun" as such term is defined in section 265.00 of the penal law. b. It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale or to have in his or her possession within the jurisdiction of the city any electronic gun. C. Violation of this section shall be a class A misdemeanor.
[Exemptions under this section are provided for police officers operating under regular department procedures or guidelines and for manufacturers of electronic stun guns scheduled for bulk shipment. NOTE: The electronic gun is not a "firearm" under the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 because it does not "..expel a projectile by the action of an explosive..."]
Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in New York City.
Online sales of pepper sprays for animals are legal online. Online retailers can sell and ship animal repellents, including a dog and bear pepper sprays. Pepper sprays for humans are to be sold in pharmacies and by licensed firearms dealers locally. Personal safety alarms that incorporate high decibel ranges are legal to carry and use.
Publisher's Note: The following jurisdictions require waiting periods or notifications to law enforcement officials before self defense products may be delivered to purchasers: Chicago - application approval/denial for (1) Registration: 120 days (2) Re-registration: e.g., by an heir, 365 days)
Possession and sales of Stunning Devices are banned in Chicago. (More information required on City of Chicago Ordinance)
Illegal (Including Baltimore County) Baltimore City Code 115. Stun guns and similar devices. (e) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to sell, give away, lend, or rent or transfer to any individual, firm or corporation a stun gun or other electronic device by whatever name or description which discharges a non-projectile electric current within the limits of the City of Baltimore. It further shall be unlawful for any person to possess, fire or discharge any such stun gun or electronic device within the City. Nothing in this subsection shall be held to apply to any member of the Baltimore City Police Department or any other law enforcement officer while in the performance of his or her official duty (Order. 385. 1985)
HOWARD COUNTY, MD:
Illegal Sec. 8.404. Sale or possession of electronic self defense products prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to sell, give away, lend, rent or transfer to any individual, firm or corporation an electronic personal protection device within the limits of Howard County. It further shall be unlawful for any person to possess, fire, discharge or activate any electronic personal protection device within the limits of Howard County. (C.B. 38 1985)
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD
Illegal Philadelphia City Ordinance. Statue 10-825 Stun Guns. (1) Definitions. (a) Stun Gun. Any device which expels or projects a projectile which, upon coming in contact with a person, is capable of inflicting injury or an electric shock to such person. (2) Prohibited conduct. Nor person shall own, use, possess, sell or otherwise transfer any "stun gun." (3) Penalty. Any person violating any provision of this section shall be subject to a fine or not more than three hundred (300) dollars and or imprisonment for not more than 90 days.
States & Cities that are Legal But with Some Restrictions
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Legal w/ restrictions Connecticut Criminal Law Title 53? Crimes, Title 53a? Penal Code, Title 54 Criminal Procedure, Chapter 950 Section 53a-3 Definitions: (20) "Electronic defense personal protection device" means a personal protection device which by electronic impulse or current is capable of immobilizing a person temporarily, but is not capable of inflicting death or serious injury. 53-206. Carrying and sale of dangerous self defense products. Any person who carries upon his person? An electronic defense personal protection device, as defined in 53a-3, or any other dangerous or deadly personal protection device or instrument, unless such person has been granted a written permit issued and signed by the first selectman of a town, the mayor or chief of police of a city or the warden of a borough, authoring such person to carry such personal protection device or instrument within such city or borough, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned nor more than three years or both.
No permit shall be issued to any applicant who has ever been convicted of a felony. The issuing authority may request the applicant's fingerprints and full information concerning his criminal record and make an investigation concerning the suitability of the applicant to carry any such personal protection device. Refusal of fingerprinting by the applicant shall be sufficient cause to refuse issuance of a permit. Whenever any person is found guilty of a violation of this subsection, any personal protection device or another implement within the provisions hereof, found upon the body of such person, shall be forfeited to the municipality wherein such person was apprehended, notwithstanding any failure of the judgment of conviction to impose such forfeiture expressly.
Anyone who has been granted a permit to carry any martial arts weapon pursuant to this section may carry such personal protection device anywhere within the state. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any officer charged with the preservation of the public peace nor to any person who is found with any such personal protection device or implement concealed upon his person while lawfully removing his household goods or effects from one place to another, or from one residence to another, not to any person while actually and peaceably engaged in carrying any such personal protection device or implement from his place of abode or business to a place or person where or by whom such personal protection device or implements is to be repaired, while actually and peaceably returning to his place abode or business with such personal protection device or implement after the same has been repaired.
(b) Any person who sells to another? Electronic defense personal protection device, as defined in section 53a-3 shall, within 24 hours after the delivery of such personal protection device or implement to the person to whom sold, give written notice of such sale or delivery, specifying the article sold and the name and address of the person to whom sold or delivered, to the chief of police of the city, the warden of the borough or the first selectman of the town, within which such personal protection device or implement is sold or delivered, as the case maybe. Any person who violates any provision of this subsection is fined not more one hundred dollars.
Section 53-206 (a) prohibits the carrying of a Stunning Device on the person unless that person has obtained a dangerous self defense products permit. However, there are no state-wide permits, only local permits? The permit is only good in that particular town and would be illegal elsewhere. Anyone selling such a personal protection device must notify the chief of police with that information within 24 hours of the delivery. Therefore Stunning Devices can be sold, and it can be kept in your place of business or home, but you cannot carry it on your person without a permit which is only good within the limits of the city in which is was issued.
CALIFORNIA PEPPER SPRAY LAW
Pepper spray canisters must be less than 2.5 ounces.
If convicted of misusing Tear Gas in California it is punishable by up to three years in prison, as it is a state penalty. It is a felony conviction that stays on your record for life. The fine can be up to a thousand dollars.
Conditions that could be declared a misuse of tear gas in California are using tear gas on people in anger, spraying it as a joke or tear gas possessed by prohibited persons. The individual is legally prohibited from possessing tear gas includes minors, drug addicts or persons convicted of felonies and assault. The procurement of tear gas has very few barriers.
A Warning Label must accompany every canister of tear gas possessed or used in California. The label must state the following: "WARNING: The use of this substance or device for any purpose other than self-defense is a crime under the law. The contents are dangerous-use with care." For a canister of tear gas (pepper spray) the maximum legal weight is 2.5 ounces or 70 grams of OC, CS or CN. For civilian use CR is illegal.
Countries such as Canada forbid pepper spray, tear gas and mace.
Legal with conditions (Illegal in Chicago, Illinois)
State Law. Compiled Stat. Ann. Chapter 430. Public Safety Act 65 Firearms Owners Identification Card Act. Chapter 720. Criminal Law and Procedure, Article 24. Deadly Weapons. 5/24/-1 Unlawful use of Weapons. (A) A person commits the offense of unlawful use of self defense products when he knowingly: ****(8) Carries or possesses a firearm, stun gun or TASER or other deadly personal protection device in any place which is licensed to sell intoxicating beverages, or at any public gathering at which an admission is charged, excluding a place where a showing, demonstration or lecture involving the exhibition of unloaded firearms is conducted; or (9) Carries or possesses in a vehicle or on or about his person any pistol, revolver, stun gun or TASER, or firearm or ballistic knife, when he is hooded, robed or masked in such a manner as to conceal his identity; or (10) Carries or possesses on or about his person, upon any public street, alley, or other public lands within the corporate limits of a city, village or incorporated town, except when an invitee thereon or therein, for the purpose of the display of such personal protection device or the lawful commerce in self defense products, except when on his land or in his own abode or fixed place of business, any pistol, revolver, stun or TASER or another firearm.
A "stun gun or TASER," as used in this paragraph (a) means (i) any device which is powered by electrical charging units, such as batteries, and which fires one or several barbs attached to a length of wire and which, upon hitting a human, can send out a current capable of disrupting person's nervous system in such a manner as to render him incapable of normal functioning. (b) Sentence.
A person convicted of a violation of subsection 24-1 (a) (8) and Subsection 24-1 (a) (10) commits a Class A misdemeanor: a person convicted of a violation of Subsection 24-1 (a) (9) in any school, regardless of the time of day or the time of year or residential property owned, operated and managed by a public housing agency or on the real property comprising any school, regardless of the time of day or the time of year or residential property owned, operated and managed by a public housing agency or any conveyance owned, leased or contracted by a school to transport students to or from school or a school-related activity commits a Class 3 felony. The school is defined as any public or private elementary or secondary school, community college, college or university.
Electronic control devices that utilize Electro-Muscular Disruption (EMD) technology (stun guns) will only be sold to cities and states allowing these devices.
Article 24 5/24-1.1 Unlawful Use of Possession of Weapons by Felons or Persons in the Custody of the Department of Corrections Facilities. Section 24-1.1. Unlawful Use of Possession of Weapons by Felons or Persons in the Custody of the Department of Correction Facilities. (a) It is unlawful for a person to knowingly possess on or about his person or on his land or in his abode or fixed place of business any self defense products prohibited under Section 24-1 of this Act or any firearm ammunition if the person has been convicted of a felony under the law of the State or any other jurisdiction.
This section does not apply if the person has been granted relief by the Director of the Department of State Police pursuant to Section 10 ***. Article 24 5/24-2 Exemptions (i) Nothing in this article shall prohibit, apply to or affect the transportation, carrying or possession, of any pistol or revolver, stun gun, TASER, or other firearm consigned to a Common Carrier operating under license of the State of Illinois or the Federal Government, where such transportation, carrying, or possession is incident to the lawful transportation in which such Common Carrier is engaged; and nothing in this Article shall prohibit, apply to or affect the transportation, carrying or possession of any pistol, revolver, stun gun, TASER, or other firearm, not the subject of and regulated by subsection 24-1 (a) (7) or subsection 24-2 (2) of this Article, which is unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container, by the possessor of a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card.
Possession of a Stunning Device is unlawful when in corporate limits of a city or incorporated town, school. In any place licensed to sell intoxicating beverages, at any public gathering held pursuant to a license issued by any governmental body or any public gathering at which an admission is charged, or when a person's Identity is concealed. Possession is legal when on a person/s land or in his abode or fixed place of business Illinois.
OHIO: LYNN COUNTY/CEDAR RAPIDS:
Any stun gun in public requires the user to have a concealed self defense products permit. By literal translation, Capt. Schwartz (phone: 319-398-3911) states that technically, this includes even "snowballs" and "Stunning Devices."
NOTE: Stunning Devices can be used, however, in the place of business or at home.
LEGISLATION ON PAINTBALL GUNS
Information on legislation regulating paintball guns in other stands and proposals in Connecticut.
Topic: Age of majority, firearms, legislation, recreation (general), retail trade, self defense products
Location: Recreation, self defense products - firearms
There are eight states with statutes that regulate paintball guns or paintball activities. The laws in these states regulate paintball in a number of ways.
- Three states regulate sales to and possession by minors (Illinois for minors under age 13 and New Hampshire and Rhode Island for minors under age 18. ).
- Two states permit towns to adopt ordinances related to paintball guns (Delaware only authorizes Wilmington to do so, but Virginia authorizes all local authorities to do so. )
- Illinois prohibits using a paintball gun from or across a street, sidewalk, road, highway, public land, or public place except on a safely constructed target range.
- Pennsylvania prohibits using a paintball gun against someone who is not participating in a paintball game or activity.
- Pennsylvania imposes requirements on transporting paintball guns in vehicles.
- Pennsylvania imposes a criminal penalty for causing property damage with a paintball gun.
- New Hampshire allows schools to expel students for possessing a paintball gun.
- Two states limit government liability if a government entity allows paintball on its property (Florida and Texas).
- Delaware designates paintball as an agritourism activity allowed on farms.
Paintball guns may also be regulated in some states if they fit under a state's definition of a “personal protection device” or a similar term. Laws regulating the sale, possession, use, or transportation of “self defense products” may apply to paintball guns in those states. For example, in two cases where minors improperly used paintball guns to cause damage to persons and property, respectively, courts held that paintball guns are self defense products. A New York Supreme Court judge ruled that a paintball gun that used a carbon dioxide cartridge was an “air-gun” within the meaning of the state's Penal Law, and held a teen and his parents liable for injuries to another child caused by the gun's misuse (Danielle A. v. Christopher P. , 776 N. Y. S. 2d 226 (2/13/04)). In State of New Jersey, in the Interest of G. C., 846 A. 2d 1222 (2004), the court found that a paintball gun used to damage an unoccupied parked car was a personal protection device under that state's law making it illegal for minors to possess self defense products.
Since 2002, six bills in Connecticut addressed paintball guns, but none have become law. These proposals addressed using a motor vehicle to engage in paintball, prohibiting children from shooting the paintball at or near a home or vehicle, excluding paintball guns from the definition of “firearm” in the penal code, and using or possessing non-biodegradable paintball pellets or projectiles on public property.
OLR Research Report; October 24, 2008; 2008-R-0571 LEGISLATION ON PAINTBALL GUNS; By Christopher Reinhart, Senior Attorney
PAINTBALL STATUTES IN OTHER STATES
Town Ordinances: Delaware law generally prohibits towns from enacting laws regulating firearms. But it specifically permits Wilmington to enact a law or ordinance on possessing or concealing paintball guns as necessary to protect public safety (22 Del. C. § 111)
Agritourism: Effective July 21, 2008, Delaware provides that agritourism activities, which include paintball, may be allowed on farms of 10 or more acres subject to certain provisions (9 Del. C. § 306)
Government Liability: A Florida law:
- Encourages government owners or lessees of property to make land available to the public for paintball, among other things;
- Recognizes that government owners or lessees have failed to make property available for these activities because of the exposure to liability and the cost of insurance, if available; and
- Recognizes that risks and dangers are inherent in these activities, which should be assumed by the participants.
The law does not grant authority or permission to engage in these activities unless a government entity specifically designates land for use. The government entity must post a rule in each designated area identifying authorized activities and indicating that a child under age 17 cannot engage in the activities until the entity has written consent, in an acceptable form, from the child's parents or legal guardians.
A government entity or public employee is not liable to anyone who voluntarily participates in paintball for damage or injury to people or property from taking part in the activity in a designated area.
This does not limit liability that would otherwise exist for:
- Failing to guard against or warn of a dangerous condition which a participant does not and cannot reasonably be expected to have notice;
- Gross negligence by the government entity or public employee that is the proximate cause of the injury; or
- The government entity's failure to obtain written consent from the parents or legal guardians of a child under age 17 before authorizing the child to participate, unless the child's participation violates posted rules.
The law does not create a duty of care or basis of liability for death, personal injury, or damage to personal property and does not waive sovereign immunity. It does not limit the liability of an independent concessionaire or a person or organization (other than a government entity or public employee) for injuries or damages suffered as a result of their operating paintball equipment on public property, regardless of whether the person or organization has a contractual relationship with a government entity to use the public property.
Anyone who participates or assists in paintball assumes the known and unknown inherent risks in these activities and is legally responsible for all damages, injury, or death to himself, herself, or other persons or property which result from these activities. Anyone who observes paintball activities also assumes the known and unknown inherent risks in these activities and is legally responsible for all damages, injury, or death to himself or herself which result from these activities.
A government entity that sponsors, allows, or permits paintball on its property is not required to eliminate, alter, or control the inherent risks in these activities.
While engaged in paintball, irrespective of where such activities occur, a participant is responsible for:
- Acting within the limits of his or her ability and the purpose and design of the equipment used;
- Maintaining control of himself or herself and the equipment used; and
- Refraining from acting in a manner that may cause or contribute to death or injury of himself, herself, or others.
Failing to comply with these requirements is negligence.
If a government entity carries insurance that covers any of these acts, it does not waive the protections of the law (Fla. Stat. § 316. 0085).
Sale to and Use By Minors: Illinois law includes paintball guns under the definition of “air rifles” and regulates their sale to and possession by minors under age 13.
The law prohibits a dealer from selling, lending, renting, giving, or otherwise transferring an air rifle to someone under age 13 when the dealer knows or believes the person is under 13, or the dealer does not make a reasonable inquiry into the person's age. It also prohibits anyone else from selling, giving, lending or otherwise transferring an air rifle to someone under 13 years old except for the child's parent, guardian, or adult instructor or someone who legally stands in place of the minor's parents.
Someone under age 13 cannot carry an air rifle on public streets or public land unless it someone under age 13 can only possess an air rifle if:
- It is kept within his or her house of residence or other private enclosure;
- He or she is an enrolled member of a club, team, or society organized for educational purposes that maintain or has written permission to use a rifle range under the supervision, guidance, and instruction of a responsible adult and the air rifle is used in connection with the activities and under adult supervision; or
- It is used in or on private grounds or a residence, and it is used in a way that does not endanger people or property, and that prevents the projectile from passing over any place outside the limits of the grounds or residence.
The law does not prohibit sales (1) by wholesalers, (2) for shipment out-of-state, or (3) for target ranges as provided by the act or for military or veterans' organizations.
State police, sheriffs, and police officers must seize, at the owner's expense, an air rifle sold or used in a way that violates these provisions. Dealers who violate these provisions commit a petty offense, which is subject to a fine of up to $ 1,000. Anyone who violates any other provision commits a petty crime and must pay a fine of up to $50.
The law does not invalidate any town ordinance with greater restrictions or limits on sales, purchases, use, or possession of air rifles (720 ILCS 535/1 et seq. ).
Where Air Rifles Cannot Be Used: The law prohibits discharging an air rifle from or across a street, sidewalk, road, highway, public land, or public place except on a safely constructed target range. The same penalties listed about apply to this provision (720 ILCS 535/1 et seq. ).
School Expulsion: New Hampshire allows local school boards to expel a pupil for possessing a paintball gun (RSA 193: 13).
Sale to and Use By Minors: The law makes it a violation to sell, rent, or give a paintball gun to someone under age 18 without the written consent of the person's parent or guardian. Someone under age 18 can only use a paintball gun at home under parental supervision or on an approved range under responsible adult supervision. Someone under age 18 can only possess a paintball gun at home under parental supervision or on the way to or from an approved range that is under the supervision of a responsible adult such as an instructor in gun safety or marksmanship (RSA 644: 14).
Carrying in Vehicles and Use Against Non-Players: Pennsylvania law prohibits someone from carrying a paintball gun or paintball marker in a vehicle on a highway unless:
- It is empty of encapsulated gelatin paintballs;
- The propellant source on the paintball gun or paintball marker is disconnected, disabled, or turned off;
- The paintballs are stored in a separate and closed container; and
- The paintball gun or paintball marker is in a secure wrapper, has a barrel-blocking device, or is not readily or directly accessible from the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
This does not apply to a commercial paintball field, range, or course where the operator transports passengers to and from designated player areas.
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