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Is It Legal to Carry Pepper Spray in Your State?

Pepper Sprays, Personal Safety Tips

Are pepper sprays legal in all states? That’s a question that many people ask. Pepper sprays are considered by many people to be the most effective non-lethal self-defense weapon. The pain and discomfort that a pepper spray causes allows a user to disable an attacker from a distance. A pepper spray will not cause any long-term harm to the individual. There are, however, some restrictions on the purchase of pepper sprays and some restrictions on where pepper sprays may be carried.

If you intend to carry pepper spray for self-defense, it is important to be sure that it is legal to do so in your region. If you are travelling, you should also check that pepper spray is legal in the locations that you are travelling to. Here are some general points to bear in mind, followed by a state-by-state guide to pepper spray regulation.

 

Pepper Spray Is Not Legal in All Countries

Pepper sprays are not legal to carry in all countries. If you are travelling overseas, it is important that you check the local laws before you take a pepper spray with you. In some counties, carrying a pepper spray is a criminal offense and it could lead to a fine or imprisonment.

 

Pepper Spray Is Not Permitted on Commercial Airlines

It is illegal to carry a pepper spray on any commercial airline where the spray is accessible. Carrying a pepper spray with you onto a commercial airline is a federal crime that carries a maximum fine of $25,000.

 

Pepper Spray Is Not Permitted in Some Public Areas and Buildings

Some public buildings and spaces, such as federal buildings and state buildings, have banned pepper sprays from their premises. Some schools and colleges have also banned pepper sprays from their campuses.

 

Misuse of Pepper Spray Is a Criminal Offense

Pepper sprays should always be kept out of the reach of children. You should only ever use a pepper spray if you genuinely feel threatened. The misuse of a pepper spray could result in legal action by the victim. In some states, you could be fined for the improper use of a pepper spray, or you could be imprisoned for up to three years.

 

Are Pepper Sprays Legal in All US States?

Pepper sprays are legal in all 50 states, but some states do have some restrictions on the sale of pepper spray. The following table is provided for guidance only and is believed to be correct at the time of publishing. Please note that laws change and there may also be local laws with regards to pepper spray in your local city or area too. We recommend that you contact your police department if you are at all unsure if it is legal for you to carry pepper spray in your state or local area.

Pepper Spray Law by State

State

Legality

Restrictions

Alabama

Legal

Yes

Alaska

Yes –
Restrictions Apply

Cannot
be carried in a school unless over 21 years old.

Arizona

Yes

Arkansas

Yes –
Restrictions Apply

Pepper
spray container cannot exceed 5 oz.

California

Yes –
Restrictions Apply

Pepper
spray container cannot exceed 2.5 ounces.

Colorado

Yes

Connecticut

Yes

Delaware

Yes

Florida

Yes –
Restrictions Apply

Pepper
spray container cannot exceed 2 ounces.

Georgia

Yes

Hawaii

Yes – Restrictions
Apply

Pepper
spray container cannot 1/2 oz. License required. Must be over 18 years of
age.

Idaho

Yes

Illinois

Yes

Indiana

Yes

Iowa

Yes

Kansas

Yes

Kentucky

Yes

Louisiana

Yes

Maine

Yes

Maryland

Yes

Massachusetts

Yes –
Restrictions Apply

Must be
non-felon over 18 to purchase.  Cannot ship sprays used against
humans through the mail to the state.

Michigan

Yes –
Restrictions Apply

Pepper
spray container cannot exceed 1.2 oz. Cannot contain more than 10% oleoresin
capsicum (OC)

Minnesota

Yes

Mississippi

Yes

Missouri

Yes

Montana

Yes

Nebraska

Yes

Nevada

Yes –
Restrictions Apply

Pepper
spray container cannot exceed 2 oz. Cannot be carried by minors or felons.

New
Hampshire

Yes

New
Jersey

Yes – Restrictions
Apply

Pepper
spray container cannot exceed 3/4 fluid ounces. Cannot be carried by minors
or felons.

New
Mexico

Yes

New
York

Yes –
Restrictions Apply

Cannot
be purchased by minors or felons. Cannot ship sprays used against humans
through the mail to the state.

North
Carolina

Yes –
Restrictions Apply

Legal
to carry and use for self defense. Pepper spray container cannot exceed 5
ounces.

North
Dakota

Yes

Ohio

Yes

Oklahoma

Yes

Oregon

Yes

Pennsylvania

Yes

Rhode
Island

Yes

South
Carolina

Yes

South
Dakota

Yes

Tennessee

Yes

Texas

Yes

Utah

Yes

Vermont

Yes

Virginia

Yes

Washington

Yes –
Restrictions Apply

Must be
age 18 or over to carry, or over age 14 and with parent permission.

West
Virginia

Yes

Wisconsin

Yes –
Restrictions Apply

Pepper
spray container cannot exceed 2 oz. Spray cannot contain more than 10% OC
(oleoresin capsicum)

Wyoming

Yes –
Restrictions Apply

UV Dye
or combination sprays not permissible. Maximum OC concentration of 10%.


Conclusion

Many thanks for visiting our site and reading this article. Pepper spray is a very effective self-defense tool that is legal to carry in all states. Please be aware that this article is for guidance only. While we try to keep this site accurate and up to date, it is your responsibility to ensure that pepper sprays are legal to carry where you live or where you travel to before you purchase one.

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