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Evelyn Braxton arrested for stun gun, illegal self-defense weapons by state

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If you're a traveler who lives in a city where it's legal to carry a stun gun, it's especially important that you know the taser and stun gun rules in other locations. That was the source of the issue that happened to singer Toni Braxton's mother, Evelyn Braxton, recently.

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On Tues., Jan. 14, WGN's "Arsenio" viewers saw several cast members from the reality TV show "Braxton Family Values." The guests included Evelyn Braxton, Toni Braxton, Towanda Braxton, Traci Braxton and Trina Braxton. Host Arsenio Hall immediately got the elephant out of the room by asking about Evelyn Braxton's arrest.

"I bought a taser, and I forgot it was in my purse," Evelyn Braxton said on the show. "I was afraid for my life. My life had been threatened...if the police come I'll have time because I've tasered his behind."

Then on Thurs., Jan. 16, during a "Braxton Family Values" episode, she spoke openly with her daughters about having a stalker. This was the cause of her purchasing a taser. In her Atlanta, Ga., residence, both stun guns and tasers can legally be purchased. In New York City, there are some restrictions, and she found that out first-hand from airport security.

In the state of Illinois, restrictions on stun guns and tasers apply to Chicago only, according to PlanetStunGun.com. For those debating about whether they should be legal for self-defense, bizarre stories like the November case of a husband named John Grant using a stun gun on his wife after a bet on a Chicago Bears game don't help matters.

Taser.com differentiates stun guns from tasers by stating that a stun gun is useful for an attacker who is close (within 15 feet). A taser gun can knock a person out for 30 seconds from a distance of up to 15 feet, which means it gives the victim more time to escape.

Several other cities and states confirm that pepper spray, stun guns and tasers have restrictions or are illegal. Check out the photo gallery (above) to find out which ones they are.

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