Many individuals in California are legally allowed to own stun guns. However, there are limitations to stun gun ownership under Penal Code 22610. Individuals who own a stun gun illegally can face charges for an infraction or a misdemeanor.
A conviction under PC 22610 can lead to jail time and fines. The Simmrin Law Group is here to help you learn more about these charges. Reach us by calling
Stun Guns in California
Stun guns are a kind of weapon often used for defense in California. Many people carry stun guns with them, especially if they believe they are going to a dangerous area. Stun guns are often seen as a non-deadly form of self-defense.
However, these weapons can still injure other people. They expend an electric charge that can be dangerous if misused. For this reason, the state of California has regulations regarding stun gun ownership.
The Facts About PC 22610
PC 22610 details which individuals are not legally allowed to own a stun gun in the state of California. Individuals cannot buy, own, or utilize a stun gun if they are convicted of:
- A felony
- A crime that involves assault
- The prior misuse of a stun gun
Individuals with a narcotics addiction cannot legally own, buy, or use a stun gun. There are also regulations on age for stun gun ownership. In most cases, people younger than 16 years old cannot buy or own a stun gun. However, exceptions may be made for minors who have written parental consent.
You should also know that it is illegal to sell a stun gun to individuals under 16 years old in most cases. However, store owners can sell a stun gun to a minor who provides written proof of parental consent. Find out more about how to fight PC 22610 charges with the Simmrin Law Group. Just call our team at
Penalties for PC 22610 Convictions
The court does not always handle PC 22610 charges in the same way. Individuals typically face an infraction for a first-time offense. Infractions are relatively minor offenses. A conviction for an infraction usually only leads to a fine of $50.
However, PC 22610 charges grow more serious for repeat offenders. Individuals can face misdemeanor charges for second and subsequent PC 22610 violations. A misdemeanor conviction can lead to more serious penalties, including:
- Fines of up to $1,000
- Jail time of up to six months
A weapons charges lawyer in Los Angeles can help you if you’re accused of an infraction or a misdemeanor. The Simmrin Law Group understands how to handle these charges and knows which defense will work best in your case.
Charges Similar to the Possession of a Stun Gun
There are many other laws used to regulate weapon ownership in the state of California. Many weapons are “generally prohibited” in California. This means that the state restricts ownership of these weapons for all but a few people. Examples of these weapons include:
- Wallet guns
- Brass knuckles
- Air gauge knives
There are many different kinds of restricted weapons in California. No matter what restricted weapons charge you’re facing, the Simmrin Law Group can help.
Defenses Against a PC 22610 Accusation in California
A criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles can help if you have been accused of the illegal possession of a stun gun. If applicable, we can work to show that you were legally allowed to own a stun gun by showing that you:
- Had parental permission (if you are under 16 years old)
- Were never convicted of a felony or assault crime
- Are not addicted to narcotics
We can also work to show that you did not have a stun gun if that was the case. Perhaps you had a toy that looked like a stun gun. If the item does not emit an electric charge, you may be able to avoid a conviction under PC 22610. Contact us for help today.
Ask a Lawyer About Fighting Penal Code 22610 Charges Now
We can help you begin working on your defense if you have been accused of the unlawful ownership of a stun gun. Let the Simmrin Law Group help you handle Penal Code 22610 accusations, whether you’ve been accused of an infraction or a misdemeanor. Find out how a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles can help by completing our online contact form. You can also call us at