States Where Pepper Sprays are Restricted
(We cannot ship self defense sprays to these states. Our Bear Pepper Spray is registered and legal in these states.)
New York:New York residents may only purchase defense sprays from licensed Firearms Dealers or licensed Pharmacists in that state.
Massachusetts:Massachusetts residents may only purchase defense sprays from licensed Firearms Dealers in that state.
Michigan: OC Pepper spray can be no stronger then a 2% concentrate(Different companies can sell different concentrations.)CS is the only Tear Gas accepted and can be no larger then 35 grams per can. No combination spray allowed. (We cannot ship our personal defense sprays to Michigan. Our Bear Pepper Spray is legal and registered in Michigan.)
New Jersey: Any non-felon 18 or over may possess for the purpose of self defense one pocket-sized device which contains and releases not more than 3/4 of an ounce…
Wisconsin: Pepper only. No Tear gas, UV Dye or combination sprays. OC can be no stronger then a 10% solution. Can must be between 15-60 grams only. Must have safety feature. (None of Counter Assault Personal Defense pepper sprays contain either tear gas or UV dye. The OC10-2F, PDF-2 and SD-2 are all 40 grams (3 ounces), so we can ship these items to Wisconsin. Our Bear Pepper Spray is legal and registered in Wisconsin.)
California: No person shall purchase, possess, or use any pepper spray that contains more than 2.5 ounces (70.875 grams) net weight of aerosol spray. (The OC10-2F, PDF-2 and SD-2 are all 40 grams, so we can ship these items to California. Our Bear Pepper Spray is legal and registered in California.)
NOTE: Pepper Spray is legal in all 50 states, however a number of cities and states have restrictions on sizes, strengths, etc. If you have a question, it is wise to contact your local police department. Defense sprays should only be purchased by those 18 years of age or older. Certain other restrictions may exist in your jurisdiction. The above list is not entirely exhaustive, but it does represent the kind of restrictions that exist.
Defensive chemical sprays usually contain one of three active ingredients: CN or CS (tear gases), or OC (pepper). CN is a lachrimatory agent, which causes severe tearing of the eyes. It also produces tightness in the chest and a burning sensation on exposed skin.
CN: is relatively easy to decontaminate, but it is not always effective on pain-resistant subjects, and it has little or no significant effect on animals.
CS: is an irritant that produces heavy tearing, coughing, nausea, and involuntary closure of the eyes. CS generally requires medical decontamination because it has been known to cause burns to the eyes. CS is also not effective in aerosols due to its low vapor pressure.
OC: (Oleoresin capsaicum; active ingredients Capsaicin & Related Capsaicinoids) is a natural, oily, resin-like substance derived from hot peppers, the same kind used in spicy foods. OC produces an almost immediate burning sensation of the skin and a burning, tearing, and swelling of the eyes. When inhaled, OC causes inflammation of the respiratory tract, resulting in swelling of the mucous membranes. These inflammatory and swelling effects are unavailable with CN and CS. In addition, the effects of OC are easy to treat. Treatment is accomplished by simply flushing the exposed area with large quantities of water. As soon as possible, the affected person should be removed from the contaminated area, placed in a fresh-air environment, and told to place their head briefly under water while opening their eyes.