Many people want to and should carry pepper spray because it can help save them from injury and death during any kind of an assault, including sexual assault. Because it is non lethal, they know they will be less hesitatant to use it. But is it legal in California?
The California Penal Code defines OC and Pepper Spray as Tear Gas. Anyone may purchase aerosol pepper spray in California up to 2.5 oz. Aerosol means it has to be in spray form. You can’t shoot canisters, throw grenades, or spray large canisters of Tear Gas like you see police use to disperse crowds and evacuate barricaded suspects.
There are some California restrictions to Pepper Spray as follows:
If you have been convicted of a Felony, Assault, or misuse of tear gas in any state, you cannot purchase or possess it.
Minors cannot purchase or possess it. In California, your are an adult at age 18.
No person shall furnish Pepper Spray to a minor.
You cannot possess it if you are addicted to any narcotic drug.
These weapons must be used solely for self-defense purposes.
It is legal to carry Pepper Spray in California, as long as the net weight is 2.5 oz or less and is an aerosol form. It has been proven as an inexpensive and effective defensive weapon and is easy to carry, conceal, and use.
When will you purchase yours for security sake.
NOTE: Pepper Spray is legal in all 50 states, however a number of cities and other states have restrictions on sizes, strengths, etc.. If you have a question, it is wise to check with your local city or state attorneys office. Defense sprays can only be purchased by those 18 years of age or older in California.