OC Pepper spray or pepper guns can be convenient and useful tools of self-defense for anyone to have at any time. They may not be lethal but they can save your life in the chance that you are attacked. Although pepper sprays are easily available both in stores and online, there are several things that you must consider before you make your pepper spray purchase.
1. Laws in your state
The first thing would be to find out whether pepper spray is legal in your state. If it’s legal to have a pepper spray in your state, your next step should be to find out what laws your state has regarding the handling and acquiring of pepper spray. Some states have more stringent laws than other and this means that you must do through research in order to avoid finding yourself on the wrong side of the law. In New York for example, one is only allowed to own a pepper spray if it is bought from a licensed firearms dealer or from a licensed pharmacist within the state.
In Wisconsin, the laws are stricter. Residents of the state can only purchase pepper sprays with only pepper as the in ingredient. This means that they should not contain any tear gas or UV dye among other things. According to Wisconsin law, the self-defense pepper sprays must also contain a safety feature.
2.Size of pepper spray
The size of the pepper spray or pepper gun will determine exactly how much you can dispense and for how long. If you feel that you may require only a small amount of pepper spray to defend yourself, you can get something like a keychain pepper spray which is small and convenient to carry around. It is particular convenient for joggers who do not want to go around carrying around large pepper guns when jogging.
3. Possible attacker
Depending on your routine or your location, you can be able to imagine who your possible attacker might be. If you feel that your attacker would most likely be an animal like a dog, it is best that you invest in an animal pepper spray but if you feel you are most likely to get attacked by a human, get a human pepper spray.
4. Method of carrying
Pepper sprays can be carried in purses or can be in key chains among other options. It is for you to determine what will work best for you. It is important to keep in mind that there are holsters available for those who choose to carry large pepper guns which are usually 4oz and above.
5. Proper use
The only way a pepper gun or pepper spray can be of use to you is if you know how to use it. Ensure that you test the pepper spray so that you are aware of how to use it. It is also important to know what to do in case you accidentally spray it.
6. Brand and manufacturer
The only way you can be sure that you have an effective pepper spray is by buying from a reputable company that is ISO certified. This gives you the confidence that your pepper spray is both reliable and effective.
7. Type of pepper spray
There are four main of spray mechanisms. The stream, the fogger, froth and the mist. It is up to you to decide which works best for you and your potential situation.