When Not to Use Pepper Spray on Someone
Although pepper spray is legal to own in all 50 states, some states place various restrictions on the ownership and use of pepper spray. These restrictions may include the size and weight of the canister, the ingredients used in the spray, and/or who exactly is allowed to buy and carry it for self-defense. As of the writing of this article, 40 states place no restrictions on the possession of pepper spray. That means 10 other states do have some restrictions, so be clear what your state’s laws are.
There are a few states that place heavier restrictions on Pepper Spray and/or heavier legal ramifications for failure to adhere to those restrictions. In California, for example, civilians can only carry up to 2.5 ounces, and misuse of pepper spray can result in heavy fines and up to 3 years in prison. Hawaii does not only the purchase of pepper sprays that contain tear gas. In Massachusetts, self-defense sprays are considered “ammunition” and can only be bought from a licensed firearms dealer and then carried by someone with a legal firearm permit, which must be attained from a police department. These are just a few of the tougher states, but be sure to know your particular state laws and the laws of any state into which you travel while holding pepper spray.
I hope this article has been informative and helps to keep pepper spray owners from using pepper spray incorrectly or from getting into legal trouble. Pepper Spray can be an extremely effective and easy-to-use self-defense weapon system, so I highly recommend the proper and legal use of it to individuals who are allowed to carry defensive spray. Check out The Home Security Superstore’s extensive list of pepper spray products. Good luck and stay safe!