What is pepper spray?
Pepper Spray is a non-lethal aerosol spray made with the pepper derivative oleoresin capiscum. It is used to cause temporary blindness and incapacitate an attacker; also used as a bear deterrent.
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Pepper Spray Laws and Restrictions
IMPORTANT: Pepper Spray is legal in all 50 states, however, a number of cities and states have restrictions on sizes, strengths, etc.. Please check with your local city or state attorneys office if you have any questions or concerns. All pepper spray should only be purchased by those 18 years of age or older. We provided a list of state restrictions below. We try our best to stay up to date on all pepper spray laws and restrictions. The list below may not be accurate or complete and Shock ‘Em Girl accepts no responsibility for its accuracy or completeness.
Below are pepper spray laws and restrictions that we are aware of. Remember to check locally if you believe pepper sprays may not be restricted in your area.
States Where Pepper Sprays are Restricted
(We cannot ship to these states. If an order is placed your order will be canceled. You must provide an alternative address if you would like us to complete the order.)
New York: New York residents may only purchase defense sprays from licensed Firearms Dealers or licensed Pharmacists in that state.
Massachusetts: Massachusetts residents may only purchase defense sprays from licensed Firearms Dealers in that state.
Hawaii: Hawaii residents may only purchase defense sprays from licensed retailers in that state.
States Where Pepper Sprays Have Some Restrictions
Michigan: Pepper spray must not be more than 10% and can be used for self-defense. The reasonable use of a self-defense spray or foam device containing not more than 10% oleoresin capsicum by a person in the protection of a person or property under circumstances that would justify the person’s use of physical force. The Canister size is restricted to 35grams approx. 1.2oz.
Wisconsin: Tear gas is not permissible. By regulation, OC products with a maximum OC concentration of 10% and weight range of oleoresin of capsicum and inert ingredients of 15-60 grams are authorized. This is 1/2 oz. and 2 oz. spray. Further, the product cannot be camouflaged and must have a safety feature designed to prevent accidental discharge. The units may not have an effective range of over 20 feet and must have an effective range of six feet. In addition, there are certain labeling and packaging requirements: must state cannot sell to anyone under 18 and the phone number of the manufacturer has to be on the label. The units must also be sold in sealed tamper-proof packages. You cannot carry pepper spray if you have any convictions or felonies on record.