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Pepper Spray Laws by State 2024

Pepper Spray Laws by State 2024

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 when protection may be required. Pepper spray is one of the most straightforward and 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 carrying of pepper spray under certain circumstances.

For instance, some states have certain circumstances where people can only carry pepper spray based on its/their size, concentration, age (at least 18 years old, and/or restrictions (felons are not allowed to purchase pepper spray). Currently, 16 states have specific conditions for their pepper spray law.

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 remain concealed or is prohibited in various buildings and establishments. One place where 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 of 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?

It is implied that only people who are 18 or older can purchase and carry pepper spray throughout the country. 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 and felons. 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, it can determine the types of consequences that come with carrying pepper spray.

Pepper Spray Laws by State

Pepper spray is legal in all 50 states, but some states have conditions and restrictions in place. Below are the pepper spray laws for each state. Each is warranted to be true according to the best available information; however, those looking to purchase or carry pepper spray should always verify local, state, and federal laws.

Pepper Spray Laws by State 2024

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State
Pepper Spray Legality
Additional Details
AlabamaLegal
AlaskaLegal
Cannot be sold to minors. | To carry on school property, the user must have permission and be at lea...
ArizonaLegal
ArkansasLegal with Restrictions
Product canisters cannot exceed 300ml (per Arkansas Code Title 5. Criminal Offenses § 5-73-124).
CaliforniaLegal with Restrictions
Cannot be sold to minors. Product canisters cannot exceed 2.5 fluid oz.
ColoradoLegal
ConnecticutLegal
DelawareLegal with Restrictions
Cannot be sold to minors.
District of ColumbiaLegal
Registration form must be completed at purchase and forwarded to the Metropolitan Police Department.
FloridaLegal
Product canisters cannot exceed 2 fluid oz.
GeorgiaLegal
HawaiiLegal with Restrictions
The retailer must be licensed to sell pepper sprays and gels.
IdahoLegal
IllinoisLegal with Restrictions
Cannot be sold to minors.
IndianaLegal
IowaLegal
KansasLegal
KentuckyLegal
LouisianaLegal
MaineLegal
MarylandLegal
Cannot be sold to minors.
MassachusettsLegal with Restrictions
A license is required to sell or carry pepper sprays and gels. | Only licensed firearms dealers can ...
MichiganLegal with Restrictions
Cannot contain more than 35 grams (or 18%) of oleoresin capsicum (OC).
MinnesotaLegal
Seller must comply with local licensing requirements, if applicable in their area.
MississippiLegal
MissouriLegal
MontanaLegal
NebraskaLegal
NevadaLegal with Restrictions
Cannot be sold to minors. Product canisters cannot contain more than 2 fluid oz.
New HampshireLegal
New JerseyLegal with Restrictions
Cannot be sold to minors. Product canisters cannot contain more than 2 fluid oz.
New MexicoLegal
New YorkLegal with Restrictions
Product canisters cannot contain more than 0.75 oz. and the strength cannot exceed 0.7% major capsai...
North CarolinaLegal with Restrictions
Product canisters cannot exceed 150 cc or 5.07 fluid oz.
North DakotaLegal
OhioLegal
OklahomaLegal
OregonLegal
PennsylvaniaLegal
Rhode IslandLegal with Restrictions
Cannot be sold to minors.
South CarolinaLegal with Restrictions
Product canisters cannot exceed 1.69 fluid oz.
South DakotaLegal
TennesseeLegal
TexasLegal
UtahLegal
VermontLegal
VirginiaLegal
WashingtonLegal with Restrictions
Purchase restriction to persons age 18 and older, or 14 with a parent or guardian's permission.
West VirginiaLegal
WisconsinLegal with Restrictions
Cannot be sold to minors. | Propduct canisters cannot exceed 2.0 fluid oz. and the oleoresin capsicu...
WyomingLegal
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