How to buy pepper spray

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How to buy pepper spray
Pepper spray as a form of personal protection (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

These days, pepper spray is a big seller as a personal protection alternative to carrying a gun or keeping a dog. Reasons to buy pepper spray include assault statistics and a commitment to non-lethal weapons. There are a variety of ways to obtain pepper spray legally on the open market.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Evaluate market kiosks that offer personal defense equipment. You can purchase pepper spray at these places, but the lack of a storefront means no responsibility on the part of the seller. You may want to buy pepper spray at a more established location.

  2. 2

    Visit hardware stores and specialty shops like firearms vendors. You will most likely find a selection of sprays available.

  3. 3

    Discuss potency and use issues with the store staff. Get informed on what the different sprays are like. Also, review how sprays are commonly used.

  4. 4

    Get informed on features of the spray device including safety functions and tracking information.

  5. 5

    Search a wide variety of online vendors who also sell pepper spray to find the best deals on personal defense equipment.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the pepper spray in a safe and concealed environment. The bottom of a bag does not necessarily fit the bill because if a child or someone not knowledgeable on defense equipment gets hold of it in a closed room, everyone can end up breathing it in. Find a secure place to carry the spray and know where it is at all times.
  • Be aware of local law. Some laws may let citizens carry concealed sprays without a permit and some may not. Research the specific requirements of your municipality to be legal and safe about carrying pepper spray.

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