When you pair a pistol with the right training and mindset, the firearm becomes a tool that could potentially save your life. If you have yet to obtain your MD CCW permit, however, your pistol likely stays in its quick access safe in between your trips to the gun range and dryfire practicing. Even if you already have your CCW permit, there will surely come a time when you enter a gun free zone and must travel without your pistol. So, what are your remaining options for self-defense? In this blog, we explore the legality of carrying a taser in the state of Maryland.

 Can I Carry a Taser in Maryland?

If you live in the state of Maryland, tasers are legal to purchase and carry provided you meet the following criteria:

  • Over the age of 18
  • Have not been convicted of a violent crime
  • The seller records you as the original owner of the device
  • Have no intention of using the device to harm others in an unlawful way

There are a few notable exceptions to these rules. Particularly, you should be aware, that it is illegal to carry a taser in public schools, government buildings, and Ocean City, MD (outside of your own home).

Should I Carry a Taser in Maryland?

Now that we’ve established the legality of owning and carrying a taser in Maryland, should you actually do it? Earlier this year, we published a blog post outlining our favorite self-defense weapons for when the gun stays home. Out of all the alternatives we included (knife, flashlight, pepper spray, and keys), the taser strikes the perfect balance of being a non-lethal and reliable weapon that can effectively buy time to escape in threatening situations.

In windy or rainy conditions, pepper spray becomes ineffective and can potentially spray in the wrong direction. A tactical flashlight can create a great distraction, but it naturally lacks any sort of punch to buy yourself time to escape. A knife, on the other hand, requires hand to hand combat to be effective. A taser allows users to operate at a safe distance in all weather conditions with maximum effectiveness.

Purchase Your Own Taser Today

Interested in purchasing a taser for yourself? We’re excited to announce the latest addition to our online store: the Taser Pulse! Whether you have family members who are ineligible to carry, or are looking for non-lethal options to carry in locations where firearms are prohibited, this taser is the perfect solution.


  • Immobilize attackers for up to 30 seconds
  • Weighs just 8 ounces
  • 15-foot range
  • Assisted targeting

Develop Your Self Defense Skills with Soteria Training Academy

Soteria Training Academy provides expert pistol and first aid training with an emphasis on safety. Whether you’re a beginner in the world of firearms, or already have a wealth of experience, we look forward to helping your shooting skill set. Contact us today by visiting our website, or call us at (410) 216-3176 to learn more.