In a world where people can do whatever they please, it would click that it would be a safer place to live. Although the world can be a safe place, there are moments where protection may be required.
Pepper spray is one of the most straightforward and most affordable forms of self-defense for people to possess. But before anyone goes out there and purchases one for themselves, it's essential to understand the laws surrounding its possession in each state.
Is It Legal To Carry?
In all 50 states and Washington D.C., it is legal to use pepper spray for self-defense purposes. However, some states only allow the use and carry of pepper spray under certain circumstances.
For instance, some states have certain circumstances where people can only carry pepper spray based on its/their:
- Age (at least 18 years-old)
- Restrictions (felons are not allowed to purchase pepper spray)
Currently, 13 states have specific conditions for their pepper spray law. Washington D.C. is also included within this list.
Where Can Pepper Spray Be Carried?
Typically, it is legal to carry pepper spray in public. However, there are certain cases where pepper spray has to either remain concealed or cannot be taken in various buildings and establishments.
One place that pepper spray is not allowed is commercial airlines. It could pose a significant risk if it ends up accidentally getting sprayed. Carrying pepper spray on these airlines is a felony that can have a fine up to $25,000.
Another place where pepper spray is not allowed is specially secured buildings, like governmental buildings and state establishments. This action became illegal after the events of 9/11 occurred in 2001.
As of right now, all 50 states and Washington D.C. enforce these laws with no excuses. Anyone who is caught with pepper spray in a forbidden area will face penalties and fines.
Who Can Carry Pepper Spray?
Throughout the country, it is implied that only people who are 18 or older can purchase and carry pepper spray. Also, there are specific regulations that prevent certain people from accessing this self-defense tool.
There are two types of people who cannot have access to pepper spray for any reason:
Children should not possess pepper spray under any circumstances. They could spray it recklessly and possibly end up hurting others and themselves if they're not careful.
Felons also shouldn't possess or use any pepper spray. It is considered a weapon and depending on their past charges can determine the types of consequences that come with carrying pepper spray.