DC laws requires pepper spray to be registered as a firearm

Should pepper spray be subjected to the same laws as guns?

Check out this recent article by Crystal Wright at the Christian Post:


When a young women wants to buy a non-lethal self defense weapon in DC, she must present register her pepper spray as a firearm.

DC laws states:

“However, under D.C. Official Code § 7-2502.12, the only legal types of self-defense sprays are “a mixture of a lacrimator including chloroacetophenone, alphacloracetophenone, phenylchloromethylketone, orthochlorobenazalm-alononitrile or oleoresin capsicum.”

And then the law goes onto note that: “A person may use a self-defense spray only as reasonable force to defend themselves or their property and only if the self-defense spray meets the requirements above.”

Furthermore, only persons over the age of 18 can possess pepper spray in DC.

Issues with over regulating pepper spray

Pepper spray is non-lethal and has shown to be an excellent deterrent from potential violent threats. It makes no sense to treat pepper spray with the same sort of regulations as conventional firearms.

If I want to buy pepper spray so my teenage daughter can protect herself in a non-lethal way, I should be able to walk down to the local hardware store and purchase it without ridiculous invasion of privacy and other registration requirements.

It is true that pepper spray could be misused if given to minors, however we really need to ask ourselves whether the chances of misuse really outweighs the potential benefits.

If we regulate pepper spray to the same extent as firearms we will in effect encourage people to opt to use firearms instead. Pepper spray is so appealing because it is easy to use and should be relatively easy to purchase. These regulations prevent those of us merely wanting to defend ourselves in a simple and non-lethal manner.

Pepper Spray Laws in Other States

Pepper spray laws are fairly low key in most states in the US.

DC happens to be one of the more stricter states. Typically liberal states will have laws that make it much more difficult, if not completely impossible, to buy pepper spray.

Countries outside of the US typically ban the use of pepper spray by civilians.

Other self defense options: Stun Guns

If pepper spray is too difficult to procure in your state because of too many regulations, you may want to consider purchasing a stun gun. Stun guns are electroshock self defense weapons that deter threats with a powerful high voltage shock that causes immediate pain and muscle contraction.

However, stun guns are also not allowed within certain states. You should check what kind of laws are in your state here.

Stun guns make a good complementary self defense option for up close encounters where it would be impossible to accurately use pepper spray. However, there is a reason why pepper spray is so widely used by police forces: it is usually a better and more effective form of self defense due to its range. Stun guns require close proximity.

Last Words

What do you think about regulations on pepper spray and other self defense weapons such as stun guns? Leave a comment below!