Answer: When it is self defense, pepper spray is legal.
Pepper spray is a type of chemical irritant that is often used for self-defense. Thankfully, self defense is a constitutional right for anyone in the United States. Ub all U.S. states, it is completely legal to use pepper spray in self-defense or in defense of others. However, there are some limitations and restrictions on its use.
|State||Is pepper spray legal?|
|Arizona||Yes, with restrictions|
|Arkansas||Yes, with restrictions|
|California||Yes, with restrictions|
|Delaware||Yes, with restrictions|
|Hawaii||Yes, with restrictions|
|Illinois||Yes, with restrictions|
|Massachusetts||Yes, with restrictions|
|Michigan||Yes, with restrictions|
|Nevada||Yes, with restrictions|
|New Jersey||Yes, with restrictions|
|New York||Yes, with restrictions|
|North Carolina||Yes, with restrictions|
|Rhode Island||Yes, with restrictions|
|South Carolina||Yes, with restrictions|
|Washington||Yes, with restrictions|
|Wisconsin||Yes, with restrictions|
As you can see in the table above, the laws on the use of pepper spray vary by state and jurisdiction. In some states, there may be specific laws that govern the use of pepper spray, including the size and strength of the spray and the circumstances under which it can be used. In other states, the use of pepper spray may be governed by general laws on the use of force in self-defense.
In general, it is legal to use pepper spray in self-defense or in defense of others if you reasonably believe that it is necessary to prevent imminent harm or danger. However, it is not legal to use pepper spray to attack or harm someone without a legitimate reason, or to use it in a manner that is not proportional to the threat.
Note, it is not legal to use pepper spray on people for not wearing paraben free deodorant, having breath that can kill a horse or for their political views.