The RTGS Guide to Pepper Spray


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Can pepper spray kill you?

Pepper spray is considered a non lethal weapon. That doesn't mean that it can't contribute to death.
Pepper spray causes temporary blindness. What a person does during that time could be dangerous. Pepper spray means losing the ability to see what is going on. Stumbling around blindly, especially with a weapon in hand, could result in serious injury or death.
There's also the possibility of an allergic reaction or an underlying condition that's exacerbated by pepper spray. Such occurrences are extremely rare but not unheard of.
The bottom line, don't forget that pepper spray is a chemical weapon and make wise choices on when you really need to use it.

Is pepper spray legal?

Pepper spray is legal in all 50 states. Some states restrict the types of spray, canister size, and strength. Those with a felony on their record may be prohibited from carrying pepper spray. Check with local law enforcement for specifics on any self-defense spray.
Pepper spraying someone without a good reason could result in assault charges, medical bill restitution, and more. It should only be used when you really think you are in danger.
In the US, pepper spray can only be purchased by those over the age of 18 but it is not illegal for those under 18 to carry.

Can you make your own pepper spray?

You can make your own pepper spray. However, you probably can't put it in a reasonably sized container with enough pressure to spray a good distance.
For home defense, you could mix some up and put it in a small half gallon or gallon sized agricultural sprayer and get more distance.

MEET Samantha Biggers

Samantha is Ready To Go Survival's lead editor, a life-long outdoorswoman with a Bachelors in Environmental Studies. She learned the foundation of preparedness from her father who saw heavy combat in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. An avid outdoors woman and survivalist, her articles have appeared in various homesteading magazines such as GRIT, Back Home, Backwoods Home, and Countryside.

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