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My female relative was convicted of a non-violent felony last year and is on active probation. She is being stalked by her ex-boyfriend, who attempted to kill her and is facing charges on that count. However, he's bonded out of jail and even though there is a protective order, she is quite frightened as she often comes home from work in the wee hours of the morning.

Can she, as a felon, own a small handheld stun gun in this state (Iowa) ?

Thanks for any information on this.

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Hi @ravynwytch


Welcome to the community and thanks for posting! Check out Utah Criminal Code section 76-10-503, which states that a person convicted of any felony is prohibited from owning a firearm or "dangerous weapon." Section 76-10-501(6)(a) defines "dangerous weapon" as " an object that in the manner of its use or intended use is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury." Likely stun guns would fall into this category.


If your relative continues to feel unsafe, she may want to consider filing a request for a domestic violence restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, so that she has this protection in addition to the criminal protective order currently in place. FindLaw has many helpful materials in the Learn About the Law section:


If your relative would like to have a free consultation with a family law attorney regarding a domestic violence case, she can click here.


Let us know if you have additional questions!

The FindLaw.com Team

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