Maine Pepper Spray Laws, Rules & Legal Regulations

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Maine Pepper Spray Law Explanation

The Basics:

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years old
  • Cannot have any convicted felonies on record
  • For self defense purposes only

In the state of Maine, using pepper spray as a way to protect yourself is legal as long as you are not using it with the intent to harm others unnecessarily. As with other forms of non-lethal self protection you are free to carry it and use it for self defense. While gun ownership are permitted in Maine (see the state laws concerning how and where), using a non-lethal product such as pepper spray or an electronic device such as a stun gun, is a great way to defend yourself from danger without necessarily having to make a decision that could have permanent consequences if the situation does not require it.

Maine, is among the 10 most dangerous cities in the United States. Whether you are a local resident, traveling for business, or visiting, it is very important that you understand the risks and steer clear of the more dangerous neighborhoods. Carrying pepper spray is another way to reduce your risk and keep yourself safe.

All the products that we sell in our online store are all legal to carry and use in the state of Maine. Make sure that you are protecting yourself in the best way that you can. Constant vigilance and awareness, avoiding dangerous areas and situations, and carrying a self defense product are all ways that you can improve your personal safety.

What the Official Maine State Law Says


  1. A person is justified in using a reasonable degree of nondeadly force upon another person in order to defend the person or a 3rd person from what the person reasonably believes to be the imminent use of unlawful, nondeadly force by such other person, and the person may use a degree of such force that the person
    reasonably believes to be necessary for such purpose. However, such force is not justifiable if:
    A. With a purpose to cause physical harm to another person, the person provoked the use of unlawful, nondeadly force by such other person; or
    [2007, c. 173, §24 (AMD).]
    B. The person was the initial aggressor, unless after such aggression the person withdraws from the
    encounter and effectively communicates to such other person the intent to do so, but the other person
    notwithstanding continues the use or threat of unlawful, nondeadly force; or
    [2007, c. 173, §24 (AMD).]
    C. The force involved was the product of a combat by agreement not authorized by law.
    [1975, c.499, §1 (NEW).]
    [ 2007, c. 173, §24 (AMD).]
    1-A. A person is not justified in using nondeadly force against another person who that person knows or
    reasonably should know is a law enforcement officer attempting to effect an arrest or detention, regardless of whether the arrest or detention is legal. A person is justified in using the degree of nondeadly force the person reasonably believes is necessary to defend the person or a 3rd person against a law enforcement officer who, in effecting an arrest or detention, uses nondeadly force not justified under section 107, subsection 1.
    [ 1997, c. 351, §1 (NEW).
  2. A person is justified in using deadly force upon another person:
    A. When the person reasonably believes it necessary and reasonably believes such other person is:
    (1) About to use unlawful, deadly force against the person or a 3rd person; or
    (2) Committing or about to commit a kidnapping, robbery or a violation of section 253, subsection
    1, paragraph A, against the person or a 3rd person; or
    [1989, c. 878, Pt. B, §15 (AMD).]
    B. When the person reasonably believes:
    (1) That such other person has entered or is attempting to enter a dwelling place or has surreptitiously remained within a dwelling place without a license or privilege to do so; and
    (2) That deadly force is necessary to prevent the infliction of bodily injury by such other person upon the person or a 3rd person present in the dwelling place;
    [2007, c. 173, §24 (AMD).]
    C. However, a person is not justified in using deadly force as provided in paragraph A if:
    (1) With the intent to cause physical harm to another, the person provokes such other person to use unlawful deadly force against anyone;
    (2) The person knows that the person against whom the unlawful deadly force is directed intentionally and unlawfully provoked the use of such force; or
    (3) The person knows that the person or a 3rd person can, with complete safety:
    (a) Retreat from the encounter, except that the person or the 3rd person is not required to retreat if the person or the 3rd person is in the person's dwelling place and was not the initial aggressor;
    (b) Surrender property to a person asserting a colorable claim of right thereto; or
    (c) Comply with a demand that the person abstain from performing an act that the person is not obliged to perform.

The full text of the section can be found here:


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

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