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#415 Pepper spray for self-defense

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Are you concerned about your personal safety, due to fear of violent crime on the streets? Are you looking for a way to defend yourself from violent attack that is effective, economical, and legal?

California law now makes it possible for you as a private citizen to carry a less than 2.5 ounces of tear gas or pepper spray for self-protection without a permit.

When used in self-defense, the purpose of tear gas is to in- capacitate your attacker long enough for you to get away to safety. When tear gas is sprayed in someone's face or eyes, it causes an intense burning sensation, much watering of the eyes, temporary blindness, and shortness of breath. Tear gas can take effect within a few seconds, when sprayed on a normal person's eyes, nose, or mouth, and can cause extreme discomfort and some degree of incapacitation, for periods of 10 to 30 minutes. Tear gas will cause no permanent damage to people who are exposed to it, unless they are extremely allergic to the substance, and do not receive proper medical treatment.

Tear gas will probably not be effective if your attacker is armed with a knife or a gun, but it might be effective in warding off a strong arm attacker. There are some attackers who may not be deterred by tear gas. They are attackers, whose nervous centers, which normally react to pain, are dulled by excessive alcohol, drugs, or certain types of mental illness. Most violent crimes, however, are committed by people who are sane and sober, and who look for victims who appear to be easy prey, such as older persons.

It is important that if you use tear gas or pepper spray, you use it lawfully, only when necessary for self-defense, or for the defense of another person. Unlawful use of tear gas or pepper spray is a felony with penalties up to three years in state prison and a $1,000 fine, if convicted. Unlawful possession of a tear gas or pepper spray weapon of a type that is authorized by the State Department of Justice, is an infraction with a penalty up to a $100 fine. Unlawful possession of pepper spray or tear gas weapon of a type that is not authorized by the state, is a misdemeanor, with penalties up to one year in county jail and a $2,000 fine.

You may also be sued in a civil suit, by the person against whom you use tear gas, if your use of tear gas is unlawful or unreasonable.

Various states have different laws about the possession and use of tear gas by citizens. Federal law prohibits you from carrying tear gas on a commercial or private aircraft, either on your person, in carry-on-luggage, or in previously-checked luggage.

California's tear gas statutes are found in Penal Code Sections 12401 through 12460.For more information about tear gas and other firearms laws, call the state Office of the Attorney General at 916-263-4887, or visit them on the web at

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