Pepper Spray Laws

Pepper Spray Laws - Caution

 


Pepper spray is one of many self defense weapons, many people refer to it as an oc spray or mace. While it is something that can come in very handy when you are in a position where you feel threatened or you feel that your life is in danger, there are some laws and regulations that are associated with it that you should be aware of before you buy or use it. The laws will differ from one area to another, so you really need to be aware of what the laws and regulations may be in the area in which you live or where you might carry it.

A lot of people ask, "is pepper spray legal?", well the first thing you should know is that it is legal in all 50 states. The reason why the law is involved is because it does have some immediate reactions that could be potentially serious and some states just like to govern it more than others. An individual who is squirted with it will experience coughing, inflammation of the mucous membranes, headache, dizziness, tight feeling in the chest, temporary blindness and even excessive salvation. These symptoms will last up to 45 minutes and these symptoms are painful and uncomfortable, which is why some regulation is required in certain areas.

Luckily, there are only four states that have regulations. Knowing this will help those who live in those states adhere to the laws or regulations and will let everyone else know they can use the it without worrying about regulations.

Please note: Even if your state is listed below, you can still purchase animal repellents. See our dog mace and dog chaser or our bear maces if you are not allowed to purchase normal sprays within your state.

States with pepper spray restrictions:

New York. In New York animal repellents such as dog and bear pepper spray can be sold and shipped legally through online retailers. Traditional pepper products are sold in pharmacies as well as through licensed firearms dealers within the state.

Pepper Spray New York Laws

Massachusetts. Here animal repellent sprays are legal and can be purchased online and shipped to the state. Traditional pepper products are only available through licensed firearms dealers and cannot be purchased online.

Massachusetts Pepper Spray Laws
Michigan. Michigan allows for residents to purchase animal pepper sprays online. Other pepper models are required to be less than 11% of OC concentration and no UV dyes are allowed.
See: Michigan Approved Pepper Sprays

Michigan state pepper spray laws
Wisconsin. Normal Pepper spray is allowed but it cannot be stronger than 10% OC and safety features are required. Weights allowed range from 15 to 60 grams.

Wisconsin State Pepper Spray Laws

These laws and regulations can be changed at anytime. Therefore, if you are interested in purchasing and being in possession of a spray you might want to check with local law enforcement before you buy it. This will allow you to be sure that you are not breaking the law and that if you do purchase it, that it is within the restrictions that could be set forth by your local area.

State regulations for our pepper spray products in chart form:

If you want specific information regarding your state, click on the state name to get more detailed information, and legal products in your state.

 State  Consumer Use (18 years old+)  Restriction(s)
 Alabama  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Alaska  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Arizona  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Arkansas  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 California  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Colorado  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Connecticut  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Delaware  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Florida  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Georgia  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Hawaii  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Idaho  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Illinois  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Indiana  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Iowa  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Kansas  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Kentucky  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Louisiana  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Maine  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Maryland  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Massachusetts  Restricted  Human sprays can only be purchased from Firearm Dealers
Residents may only order dog and bear sprays online. (Click on State name for more information)
 Michigan  Restricted  Human Spray less than 11% OC is allowed. 
Residents may order any dog and bear sprays online. (Click on State name for more information)
 Minnesota  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Mississippi  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Missouri  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Montana  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Nebraska  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Nevada  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 New Hampshire  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 New Jersey  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 New Mexico  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 New York  Restricted  Human sprays can only be purchased from Firearm Dealers
Residents may only order dog and bear sprays online.  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 North Carolina  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 North Dakota  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Ohio  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Oklahoma  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Oregon  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Pennsylvania  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Rhode Island  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 South Carolina  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 South Dakota  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Tennessee  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Texas  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Utah  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Vermont  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Virginia  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Washington  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 West Virginia  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)
 Wisconsin  Restricted  No Tear Gas permitted.
Human Spray no more than 10% OC
Safety feature on product is mandatory.
Residents may order any dog and bear sprays online. (Click on State name for more information)
 Wyoming  Legal  (Click on State name for detailed information)

 

Canada Laws:

If you reside in Canada, we have a special section for you. You can legally purchase animal repellents only, such as: dog and bear from this page: http://www.loyaldefender.com/pepper-spray-by-country/canada/ (You may only order Canadian approved products.)

 

India Laws:

We carry a specialized spray, known as the ChilliGuard, which you can buy here: http://www.loyaldefender.com/chilliguard.html All other products are restricted as this one has the only formula allowed by laws in India.

Page last updated on: July 25th, 2014

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