U.S. State Laws Related to Pepper Spray and Mace

Pepper spray products are legal in every U.S. state, however, there are specific restrictions imposed by a few states that prohibit online purchases. 

Please note: Guardian-Self-Defense.Com provides the following for informational purposes only. Laws are subject to change and we do not actively monitor state law changes. If you have any questions or concerns you should contact local law enforcement to determine whether it is legal to possess pepper spray products for self-defense in your area. By purchasing from Guardian-Self-Defense.Com you affirm that you are at least 18 years of age. 

ALABAMA: Legal. 

ALASKA: Legal with restrictions. Must be at least 18 years of age to purchase. To possess in a school must be at least 21 years old or obtain special permission. See Sections 11.81.900(a), 11.61.210(a)(6) 

ARIZONA: Legal. Does not appear to have a statute specific to the use of pepper spray or mace for self defense

ARKANSAS: Legal with restrictions. Pepper spray or mace for self-defense appears to be legal, as long as, the canister size is no larger than 150 cc or 5.07 ounces. . See Section 5-73-124.

CALIFORNIA: Legal with restrictions. Pepper spray or mace for self-defense appears to be legal, as long as, the canister size is no larger than 2.5 ounces. Sales to minors are prohibited. See Section 12403.7.

COLORADO: Legal. 

CONNECTICUT: Legal.

DELAWARE: Legal with restrictions. Pepper spray or mace for self-defense appears to be legal as long as you are not a minor. See Title 11, Section 222(7).

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Legal with restrictions. Pepper spray or mace for self-defense appears to be legal. See Section 6-2322 et seq.

FLORIDA: Legal. See Section 790.001

GEORGIA: Legal.

HAWAII: Legal with restrictions. Pepper spray or mace for self-defense appears to be legal for use by persons 18 and over. 

ILLINOIS: Legal with restrictions. Pepper spray or mace for self-defense appears to be legal for use by persons 18 and over.  See Section 720 ILCS5/24-1.

IDAHO: Legal.

INDIANA: Legal.

IOWA: Legal. 

KANSAS: Legal.

KENTUCKY: Legal. 

LOUISIANA: Legal. 

MAINE: Legal.

MARYLAND: Legal. See Section 36.

MASSACHUSETTS: Online sales to MA residents is prohibited. Legal with restrictions. Residents must purchase from a licensed firearms dealer in that state. See Chapter 140, Section 121, et seq. 

MICHIGAN: Legal with restrictions. Pepper spray or mace for self-defense appears to be legal for use by persons 18 and over. OC concentration must not exceed 10%. See Section 750.224d.

MINNESOTA: Legal. See Section 624.731.

MISSISSIPPI: Legal. 

MISSOURI: Legal. See Section 571.010 (8). 

MONTANA: Legal. 

NEBRASKA: Legal.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Legal. 

NEW MEXICO: Legal.

NEVADA: Legal with restrictions. Pepper spray or mace for self-defense appears to be legal for use by persons 18 and over. No sales to minors or felons.  Tear gas must be 2 ounces or less.

NEW JERSEY: Legal with restrictions. Pepper spray or mace for self-defense appears to be legal for use by persons 18 and over. No sales to minors or felons. See Section 2C:396i.

NEW YORK: Online sales to NY residents is prohibited. Legal with restrictions. Pepper spray or mace for self-defense appears to be legal for use by persons 18 and over. No sales to minors or felons. Residents must purchase from a licensed firearms dealer or licensed Pharmacists in that state. See Section 265.25(14) and (15).

NORTH CAROLINA: Legal with restrictions. Pepper spray or mace for self-defense appears to be legal for non-felons. See Section 14-401.6.

NORTH DAKOTA: Legal. 

OHIO: Legal. 

OKLAHOMA: Legal. 

OREGON: Legal. 

PENNSYLVANIA: Legal.

RHODE ISLAND: Legal with restrictions. Pepper spray or mace for self-defense appears to be legal for use by persons 18 and over. See Section 11-47-57.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Legal with restrictions. Pepper spray or mace for self-defense appears to be legal for use by persons 18 and over. See Section 16-23-470.

SOUTH DAKOTA: Legal. 

TENNESSEE: Legal. 

TEXAS: Legal. See Section 46.01 (14). 

UTAH: Legal. 

VERMONT: Legal. 

VIRGINIA: Legal.

WASHINGTON STATE: Legal with restrictions. Pepper spray or mace for self-defense appears to be legal for use by persons 18 and over. See Section 9.91.160.

WEST VIRGINIA: Legal.

WISCONSIN: Legal with restrictions. Pepper spray or mace for self-defense appears to be legal for use. Tear gas is prohibited. Maximum OC concentration of 10%. See Section 941.26 and Justice Regulations 14.01 et seq.

WYOMING: Legal.


U.S. State Laws Related Stun Guns and Taser Devices

Please note: Guardian-Self-Defense.Com provides the following for informational purposes only. Laws are subject to change and we do not actively monitor state law changes. If you have any questions or concerns you should contact local law enforcement to determine whether it is legal to possess stun devices for self-defense in your area. By purchasing from Guardian-Self-Defense.Com you affirm that you are at least 18 years of age. 

Stun guns and taser devices are legal in most U.S. States. Stun guns and taser devices are illegal and prohibited in the following U.S. States:

HAWAII
ILLINOIS
MASSACHUSETTS 
MICHIGAN 
NEW JERSEY 
NEW YORK 
RHODE ISLAND 
WISCONSIN

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