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Colorado State Pepper Spray Laws, Rules & Legal Regulations

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

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Colorado Pepper Spray Laws Explanation

Colorado does not have any state-specific laws that restrict purchasing, carrying or using pepper spray as a self defense tool.  All products available on our website are legal in Colorado.

Colorado is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes and natural playgrounds in the country. However, even in the majestic capital city of Denver, the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, with high numbers of assault, rape, and robbery crimes. This means that you need to be aware of how to avoid becoming a victim while you are enjoying yourself with the many wonderful activities available to you.

In Colorado, pepper spray is considered a self-defense “tool,” and not a weapon (as opposed to a knife or gun). Colorado does not have any state specific pepper spray laws restricting pepper spray use—meaning there are no specific limits to the possession and use of pepper spray, other than a duty of the buyer to understand it's responsible use.

Pepper spray is a non-lethal means of self-defense, and the use of pepper spray is considered justified when the user has reason to believe they may become victim of unlawful physical force by another person. In other words, if you feel your personal safety is at risk, the use of pepper spray as a crime deterrent or self-defense tool, is justified.

Additionally, we recommend you educate yourself about how to avoid risky safety situations, how to escape an attacker, and how to stay aware of your surroundings. Safety information and tools combined help you protect your safety.

What the Official Colorado State Law Says

As Colorado considers pepper spray to be a self-defense tool as opposed to a weapon like a gun or a knife, there is no specific law that prohibits the possession or use of pepper spray in the appropriate self defense situations. If you feel your life is in danger, you are within your rights to use pepper spray in self defense.

Excerpt from 18-1-704. Use of physical force in defense of a person:

1. Except as provided in subsections (2) and (3) of this section, a person is justified in using physical force upon another person in order to defend himself or a third person from what he reasonably believes to be the use of imminent use of unlawful physical force by that other person, and he may use a degree of force which he reasonably believes to be necessary for that purpose...

Excerpt from 18-1-704.5. Use of deadly physical force against an intruder:

"1. The general assembly hereby recognizes that the citizens of Colorado have a right to expect absolute safety within their own homes.

2. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 18-1-704, any occupant of a dwelling is justified in using any degree of physical force, including deadly physical force, against another person when that other person has made an unlawful entry into the dwelling, and when the occupant has a reasonable belief that such other person has committed a crime in the dwelling in addition to the uninvited entry, or is committing or intends to commit a crime against a person or property..."

Continue reading the entire self defense statute

Last Updated: May 2017