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Blowgun Laws

Updated February 21, 2017

Users of blowguns should always take safety precautions and, before ordering one, make sure they have the legal right to possess one in the state they reside. Residents in states that do allow blowguns are not allowed to carry them as concealed weapons.

Legality

While blowguns are legal in some states, other states prohibit them altogether. California, Massachusetts and New York City ban both the sale and possession of blowguns, as well as the sale and possession of blowgun darts.

Penalties

The penalties for possessing a blowgun vary in the states that prohibit them. Under California Penal Code Section 12582, anyone found in possession of a blowgun will be convicted of a misdemeanour. In Massachusetts, those caught with a blowgun will receive a maximum fine of £32 and a maximum jail sentence of two and a half years.

Exceptions

Although California outlaws blowguns for the majority of their residents, other residents may legally possess them. For example, zookeepers and those who work for the Department of Fish and Game may legally poses blowguns for the purpose of their work, as may animal control officers.

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About the Author

Based in California, Noel Shankel has been writing and directing since 2002. His work has been published in "Law of Inertia Magazine." Shankel has a Bachelor of Arts in film and writing from San Francisco State University.