House Bill on Electroshock Weapons Takes Effect July 1

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A bill passed during the 2016 Georgia legislative session allows anyone who is 18 or older, or who is enrolled at a University System of Georgia (USG) institution, to use an electroshock weapon in self-defense on its campuses.

The law goes into effect July 1.

Allowable electroshock weapons include any commercially available device designed exclusively to incapacitate a person by electrical charge, such as stun guns and Tasers. The Georgia Tech Police Department has been preparing for the change and working with the USG and its other institutions to ensure the ongoing safety of the campus community.

This bill is separate from House Bill 859, which dealt with firearms and was vetoed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on May 3.

Learn more about House Bill 792 from the Georgia General Assembly.



  • Workflow Status:Published
  • Created By:Kristen Bailey
  • Created:07/01/2016
  • Modified By:Fletcher Moore
  • Modified:10/07/2016