Personal Security Sprays, Devices, and Apps

The following links are provided for informational purposes only. Whether or not to use a self-defense spray, device or app is a personal decision that should be made only after carefully considering their respective pros and cons, including the limitations and risks of using them.  

STUN GUNS | TASERS

In DC, except for police and licensed dealers, it is illegal to “receive, possess, control, transfer, offer for sale, sell, give, or deliver any destructive device.”  D.C. Code §§ 7-2502.01, 7-2504.01.  A “destructive device” is defined as any device “designed or redesigned, made or remade, or readily converted or restored, and intended to stun or disable a person by means of electric shock.” D.C. Code § 7-2501.01(7).

PERSONAL SECURITY ALARMS

Personal Security Alarm vs Safety Whistle                                                    (http://www.crime-safety-security.com)

Best Personal Alarms     (https://www.sites.google.com/site/bestpersonalalarmsreviews/)

How to Choose A Personal Alarm (http://www.streetdefender.com)

SECURITY PHONE APPS

Nervous about walking alone at night? Add a virtual Companion. (Washington Post, Mar. 10, 2016)

Best Self-Defense iPhone Apps You Should Have for Personal Security (http://www.igeeksblog.com)

5 Free Personal Safety Apps that Can Call For Help (http://www.techlicious.com)

MACE, PEPPER SPRAY AND OTHER SELF-DEFENSE SPRAYS

Requirements in DC:

  1. Can only be used by a person over the age of 18
  2. Can only be used for self-defense, as “reasonable force” to defend yourself or your property
  3. The spray itself must meet the requirements in the DC Code

DC Police summary

It is legal for a person over the age of 18 to possess self-defense sprays in the District of Columbia, such as mace or pepper spray.

A person may use a self-defense spray only as reasonable force to defend themselves or their property and only if the self-defense spray meets the requirements [in the DC Code].

Businesses in the District of Columbia are required to notify the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of any sale of self-defense spray by submitting a completed registration form to the MPD’s Firearms Registration Section (the form should be completed by the purchaser at the point of sale). The purchaser of the self-defense spray does not need to submit any additional documentation.

Any legal self-defense spray acquired outside the District of Columbia does not have to be registered with the MPD’s Firearms Registration Section.

D.C. Official Code:   § 7-2502.12§ 7–2502.13§ 7–2502.14

The Difference Between Mace and Pepper Spray:   bestpepperspray.net,  Self-Defense Ninja

Guide to Buying Pepper Spray:

Your Ultimate Guide to Pepper Spray (bestpepperspray.net)

The Best Pepper Spray: Reviews and Quick Guide by Self Defense Ninja (February 2015)

Pepper Spray for Self Defense (model mugging.org)

Top Selling Pepper Spray on Amazon:  SABRE Red Pepper Spray – Police Strength – Compact, Case & Quick Release Key Ring

Where to Purchase in DC:

Copgear, Inc., 1612 20th St NW, (202) 462-4532, http://www.copgear.com/self-defense-sprays/  (orders must be placed online)