Pepper sprays are chemical weapons designed to incapacitate an assailant or attacker. The active ingredient in pepper spray is Oleoresin Capsicum, a naturally occurring chemical derived from hot peppers. When deployed as a mist or aerosol, the Oleoresin Capsicum causes intense burning and inflammation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin upon contact. This temporarily disables an assailant by causing temporary blindness, severe coughing and difficulty breathing until medical attention can be obtained. Pepper sprays have been used by law enforcement personnel for many years as a less-than-lethal form of force for apprehending suspects or controlling unruly crowds. In recent years, they have become increasingly popular among civilians for personal safety protection due to their ease of use and accessibility. Pepper sprays come in a variety of sizes, strengths and delivery systems making them an effective deterrent for any situation. Pepper sprays can be easily carried on your person or stored in your home for added protection.
The laws for pepper spray vary from state to state. In most states, it is legal for civilians to purchase and own pepper spray provided that the product does not contain any additional prohibited substances such as tear gas or other chemicals which may be classified as a “prohibited weapon” under some jurisdictions. Some states also require purchasers of pepper sprays to provide proof of age before being allowed to buy them. Additionally, certain state and local laws may restrict or prohibit carrying or using pepper spray in public places, so it is important to research the laws in your jurisdiction before purchasing or carrying a canister of pepper spray.