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Arizona State Pepper Spray Laws, Rules & Legal Regulations


Q: Is Pepper Spray Allowed / Legal in Arizona?
A: YES! Pepper spray is legal to purchase, use & carry for self defense purposes.


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Video Explanation of AZ State Laws

Arizona Pepper Spray Law Explanation

In Arizona, there are specific laws outlining the legal use of “deadly” weapons; however, since pepper spray is a non-lethal tool for self defense it is perfectly legal there. All of the products sold in our store are considered to be legal to possess and use in the state.

While many of the cities in Arizona are considered to be fairly safe, Phoenix is known to have a high rate of violent crime. Like other big cities, the crime rates for Phoenix are significantly higher than the national averages when counting assault, robbery, rape, and other types.

When it comes to personal safety, It is always important to protect yourself the best way that you can. Carrying pepper spray can be a great solution if you need protection. Pepper spray is easy to carry and easy to use, and very effective against any attacker. It will quickly incapacitate an aggressor, allowing you the precious moments you need to get to safety.

Self-defense laws for Arizona state that “a person is justified in threatening or using physical force against another when and to the extent a reasonable person would believe that physical force is immediately necessary against the other’s use of physical force.” This basically means that you are justified to use pepper spray or an electronic incapacitation device (e.g., a stun gun) to protect yourself if you feel that physical harm is imminent.

Make sure that you are taking proper precautions to protect yourself from becoming the victim of a violent crime. Being vigilant about your surroundings and avoiding potentially dangerous situations is important, but may not always be enough, since crime can happen anywhere. Carrying pepper spray or a stun gun can be a great solution.

What the Official Arizona State Law Says

From the Arizona Statute:
13-404. Justification; self-defense

A. Except as provided in subsection B of this section, a person is justified in threatening or using physical force against another when and to the extent a reasonable person would believe that physical force is immediately necessary to protect himself against the other's use or attempted use of unlawful physical force.

You can see the full text that explains justified and non justified uses of force here: http://www.azleg.gov/viewdocument/?docName=http://www.azleg.gov/ars/13/00404.htm

Last updated: June 2017