Where Do You Buy Pepper Spray?

By Bessie D. Burton

With the increasing crime rate across the nation, we need to be more alert and prepared for any instance of crime that may come and threaten us. Pepper spray, also known as OC spray (Oleoresin Capsicum), is just one form of safety measure that can be used to defend ourselves against attackers who intend to hurt or harm you. A small container can easily disperse enough chemical to confuse your attacker by causing temporary blindness for 15-30 minutes, long enough for you to escape. Most of these sprays also contain a UV dye that is not visible to the attacker and takes several days to wear of, this can be of value to the police if the individual is caught. Some also have CS in them, this is similar to riot control gas that police use it causes uncontrolled choking and coughing.

So where do you buy pepper spray and other self-defense products? Most department or outdoors stores usually carry a small selection. They will typically have the small 1/2 oz models, normally in a plastic our leather case and large models that are labeled as bear sprays. If you find it in a discount or club store be sure to check the expiration date, most canister are good for 3 to 4 years if they are close you may not be getting much of a deal. local gun dealers carry a wider selection and may be newer, drawback you are going to pay a premium price to them. You can ask friends and relatives if they have purchased sprays you might be surprised how many other people own them or have looked for sprays also.

Most spray pepper canisters feature safety functions to prevent accidental discharge, belt loops for easy carriage and quick deployment, and a serial number for quality-tracking purposes. They are usually available for less than $20 -- not a bad price to pay when you're considering your personal safety and peace of mind.Since self defense sprays are not a controlled substance it's pretty easy to find locally at most hardware stores, or large department stores, as well as online retailers. If you live outside the city limits, they will most likely be available at your local farmer's co-op.

BUYING FROM A LOCAL STORE: Buying mace spray or oleoresin capsicum spray from a local store is the best option if you need to have it right now. This way, you do not have to wait for it to be shipped and can have quick access to the product. The problem with this is that most local hardware stores or department stores know very little to nothing about the product. So finding the right spray for your situation will be up to you. The thing to consider is that you can buy the product from a local store, then go ahead and do some research online and have a can or two on reserve, in case you need it.

Last thought for you there are review websites that can help you find reliable shops to purchase these types of sprays as well as other self-defense products.These reviews often have inquiries like "where do you buy pepper spray?" and other questions commonly asked by interested buyers. By reading the responses of others we can locate information about what self-defense products are bought more and what companies are most reliable. Where ever you decide to go and purchase your spray, please check your local state regulations as to what dealers are allowed to sell these sprays. Also, most states require you to be 18 years of age in order to purchase and carry such products.

HISTORY OF OC: 1973 was the year pepper spray (also known as OC spray) was first manufactured as an aerosol. At that point only law enforcement agencies and the United States Postal Department used pepper spray as an aid to:Control suspects.Keep angry dogs at a safe distance.Defense spray should not be treated casually simply because it is easily available; it is a very powerful substance and should be used with forethought and caution. Pepper spray has the ability to help someone out of a life-threatening situation if used properly.

While there are no proven long-term negative effects, being sprayed can be quite debilitating in the short-term, causing burning sensations, tearing, coughing, nausea and other symptoms.If you decide to buy pepper spray, take the time necessary to learn its proper use, ensuring you'll know exactly what to do if confronted by an assailant or angry dog. Most cities will have multiple self-defense classes, some in-depth others covering the basics and most discussing the pros and cons of using self defense sprays, as well as other self defense tips.

When someone is looking for a self defense spray I know they want something that will keep them safe and prevent who knows what. Just buy a spray with a high concentrate and you should be fine. One more thing to consider is your states laws.Most states have no restrictions with concealing and carrying pepper spray. As of this writing there are several states that do not allow pepper spray shipping. They are as follows: out of the U.S.A., to WI, NY, MA or MI. Although they cant be shipped it does not mean that you cant buy them in your state. Check local and federal laws if your not sure. I always tell people to look online first and if they find something that does not mention their state restriction to buy it there. Other than that check local gun/sportsman shops.

Several years back I had a relative that had to use pepper spray to defend herself. When spraying it she forgot to aim and hit the guy in the arm. After a readjustment she finally got it into his face thus dropping him like a rock. You have to remember to practice every once and a while to make sure you still have your aim. Also, if your spray is over a year old you might want to consider getting a new one. Just like anything else, pepper spray gets old and looses its potency. Just keep an eye on those couple things and you should be fine.

While defense sprays are available (in most instances) over-the-counter, there may be state laws affecting their use. Most retail establishments should have this clearly posted, if not be certain to ask. Since your purchase is likely for all the right reasons, you wouldn't want to break the law inadvertently. If you have difficulty determining the law, either do an online search or call your local law enforcement agency and simply ask.When considering your purchase think about a scenario where the pepper mace must quickly be deployed, could you place your hands on it in seconds? With that thought consider a "Hip Holster" (basically a belt clip). A defense spray holster makes grabbing the canister as easy as reaching for your cell phone.When you buy OC spray or tear gas, you're in essence buying peace of mind knowing if danger does strike, you'll have defensive measures in the palm of your hand.Final Note: When using a dog pepper spray keep in mind that some dogs may not have the proper mechanism for draining the tears out of the lachrymal gland (tear duct). Therefore, it is important to use an EPA approved canine repellent spray that has a lower concentration of oleoresin capsicum.

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