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
SECURITY PHONE APPS
Nervous about walking alone at night? Add a virtual Companion. (Washington Post, Mar. 10, 2016)
MACE, PEPPER SPRAY AND OTHER SELF-DEFENSE SPRAYS
Requirements in DC:
- Can only be used by a person over the age of 18
- Can only be used for self-defense, as “reasonable force” to defend yourself or your property
- The spray itself must meet the requirements in the DC Code
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.
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)