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Ask the Mayor: Are Tazers Legal in Hawai‘i?

Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his staff.

Mr. Mayor,

Q: Is it legal for Hawaiʻi residents to carry Tasers and/or stun guns for self defense? If this is legal, where can we purchase them?

A: It is illegal to possess and/or possess “electric guns” in Hawaiʻi as they are referred to in Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes. Hawaiʻi, New York Massachusetts and Rhode Island have all banned the use of such weapons.

Want to ask the Mayor?

Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email at [email protected] [1], by phone at (808) 270-7855 or via mail to 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawaiʻi 96793.

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