Pepper Spray Laws

State Laws Regarding Chemical Aerosol Deterrent

The following summary of our research reflects the various laws on the sale and use of non-lethal spray weapons. In no way should this be regarded as the final word on the legal status of said laws. This report is not intended to take the place of legal counsel, nor should it be looked at as being any form of legal advice.

It is essential to check with your local authorities to obtain the latest information, as our politicians and bureaucrats tend to change laws from one day to the next. 

Remember that Federal law prohibits carrying any chemical weapon on commercial aircraft, in federal buildings, prisons, and courts.

 

Alabama - No state law prohibiting or regulating a defensive aerosol spray product.

Alaska - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal spray weapons.

Arizona - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal spray weapons.

Arkansas - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal spray weapons.

California - It is legal to sell, purchase, and legally use tear gas or pepper spray containing up to 2.5 ounces of product.

Colorado - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal spray weapons.

Connecticut - State law is not specific about the classification and sale of any defensive aerosol. Anyone can purchase and carry a chemical spray product at present.

Delaware - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of any non-lethal spray weapons.

Florida - It is legal to sell, purchase, and legally use any chemical non-lethal spray weapon containing up to 1/2 ounce of product.

Georgia - No laws regulating the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal spray weapons.

Hawaii - No Shipping to Hawaii

Idaho - Does not restrict or regulate the sale of non-lethal spray products, but certain uses are prohibited.

Illinois- No laws regulating the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal sprays.

Iowa - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal sprays.

Kansas - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal spray products.

Kentucky - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal sprays.

Louisiana - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal sprays.

Maine - No laws regulating the sale, purchase, and legal use for defending persons and premises.

Maryland - No state laws against the sale of tear gas or OC products, but it is prohibited to carry tear gas openly with the intent or purpose of injuring a person.

Massachusetts - No Shipping to Massachusetts

Michigan - No Shipping to Michigan

Minnesota - A person may sell, possess and use CN, CS, and OC products only if they are propelled from an aerosol container labeled with clearly written instructions on use. They cannot be sold where intoxicating liquor is sold. Some counties may elect to impose licensing requirements.

Mississippi - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, or use of sprays for self-protection.

Missouri - No laws in effect forbidding possession or sale of non-lethal spray products.

Montana - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal spray weapons.

Nebraska - No laws prohibiting or regulating tear gas type products.

Nevada - Permissible to possess aerosol spray irritants with active ingredient levels of 2% or less. Washoe County and the City of Las Vegas require training and permits.

New Hampshire - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal spray weapons.

New Jersey - No Shipping to New Jersey

New Mexico - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal spray weapons.

New York - No Shipping to New York

North Carolina -Any individual who has not been convicted of a felony can purchase for use for protection a tear gas product not exceeding 50 cubic centimeters in volume.

North Dakota - Any spray or aerosol containing CN, CS, or other irritating agents can be carried without a concealed weapons permit except in gaming and alcoholic beverage establishments.

Ohio - No laws regarding the sale or purchase of non-lethal spray weapons. The only law on use is that it is criminal mischief if used to interfere with the use or enjoyment of another's property.

Oklahoma -No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal spray weapons.

Oregon - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal spray weapons. However, Portland has a city ordinance that prohibits the possession and use of a tear gas dispensing device.

Pennsylvania - No specific laws or regulations concerning the sale, purchase, or legal use of non-lethal sprays.

Rhode Island - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal spray weapons.

South Carolina - Lawful for a person for self-defense purposes only to possess, use, transport, sell or buy, but with a limitation of 50 cubic centimeters capacity.

South Dakota - No statutes or regulations concerning the sale, purchase, and legal use of chemical sprays.

Tennessee - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of aerosols, gases, etc.

Texas - A small chemical dispenser sold for personal protection is exempt from their weapons laws.

Utah - No prohibition against the use of chemical aerosol sprays as long as the product does not cause death or serious bodily injury.

Vermont - Statutes do not regulate or prohibit the sale of any aerosol spray used as a defensive weapon.

Virginia - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal spray weapons.

Washington - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal spray weapons.

West Virginia - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal spray weapons.

Wisconsin - No Shipping to Wisconsin

Wyoming - No laws regarding the sale, purchase, and legal use of non-lethal spray weapons.