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Louisiana State Pepper Spray Laws, Rules & Legal Regulations

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

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Video Explanation of LA State Laws

Louisiana Pepper Spray Law Explanation

Protecting yourself should always be a priority. With crime rates rising all over the country, making sure that you have the tools to keep yourself safe is essential. In Louisiana, it is legal to carry and use pepper spray for self defense purposes. It is also safe to use stun guns to protect yourself.

While the city of New Orleans, Louisiana is recognized as one of the most beautiful, fun, and historic parts of our nation, it can also be among the most dangerous. Whether you are a full time resident or visiting as a tourist to enjoy the rich history, be sure to get an idea of which neighborhoods to avoid.

The products that we carry through our online store are all legal in the state of Louisiana. So you can have what you need to reduce your chances of becoming a crime statistic. Oleoresin capsicum (the active ingredient in pepper spray) will make it extremely difficult for an attacker to see and cause searing pain anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour or more with no permanent effects. While the attacker is incapacitated, you can get to safety and inform law enforcement.

Since neither pepper spray nor stun guns are lethal weapons, it can make the decision to use them easier since the effects won’t be permanent. In Louisiana (as well as in all 50 states) if you’re threatened or assaulted these types of products are a good choice. Find what’s right for you and keep yourself safe!

What the Official Louisiana State Law Says

Louisiana definition RS 14:2:

(3) "Dangerous weapon" includes any gas, liquid or other substance or instrumentality, which, in the manner used, is calculated or likely to produce death or great bodily harm.

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  • 95.1.  Possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies


  1.  It is unlawful for any person who has been convicted of a crime of violence as defined in R.S. 14:2(B) which is a felony or simple burglary, burglary of a pharmacy, burglary of an inhabited dwelling, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, felony illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities, manufacture or possession of a delayed action incendiary device, manufacture or possession of a bomb, or possession of a firearm while in the possession of or during the sale or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, or any violation of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law which is a felony, or any crime which is defined as a sex offense in R.S. 15:541, or any crime defined as an attempt to commit one of the above-enumerated offenses under the laws of this state, or who has been convicted under the laws of any other state or of the United States or of any foreign government or country of a crime which, if committed in this state, would be one of the above-enumerated crimes, to possess a firearm or carry a concealed weapon.

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(Does not include any restriction on weapons or pepper spray by non-felons or those not in the act of breaking the law.)

Last Updated: July 2017