Maryland State Pepper Spray Laws, Rules & Legal Regulations

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Video Explanation of MD State Laws

In Plain English:
Maryland Pepper Spray Law Explanation

The Basics:

  • Pepper spray is LEGAL to buy/use/carry/ship to Maryland
  • Must be a minimum of 18 years old
  • Cannot have any convicted felonies on record
  • For self defense purposes only

Using personal protection products like pepper spray or stun guns can be a great way to keep yourself safe. With crime rates on the rise all over the country, including Baltimore, Maryland, it is important that you protect yourself in a way that actually works and lessens the chances of you becoming another crime statistic. Good basic safety habits and carrying a legal personal protection product, staying safe become easier.

The first rule, when it comes to protecting yourself is vigilance, and making sure you are constantly aware of your surroundings and any potential dangers. Unsafe situations can develop anywhere, and you want to be prepared for any event. Another important safety measure is to travel in groups of two or more whenever possible.

In the state of Maryland, it is legal for you to purchase, carry and use pepper spray anywhere in the state for self-defense. Stun guns are restricted in the city of Baltimore. Contact your local police to find out what laws apply to where you live if you have any questions. You can be arrested and charged with a crime if you use them to attack someone so make sure you only use what you may have appropriately. If you feel your life or safety is in danger, legal non-lethal self defense products is a suitable option to protect yourself.

What the Official Maryland State Law Says

Md. CRIMINAL LAW Code Ann. § 4-101 (2016)

§ 4-101. Dangerous weapons (a) Definitions. --
(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) "Nunchaku" means a device constructed of two pieces of any substance, including wood, metal, or plastic, connected by any chain, rope, leather, or other flexible material not exceeding 24 inches in length.
(3) (i) "Pepper mace" means an aerosol propelled combination of highly disabling irritant pepperbased products.
(ii) "Pepper mace" is also known as oleoresin capsicum (o.c.) spray.
(4) "Star knife" means a device used as a throwing weapon, consisting of several sharp or pointed blades arrayed as radially disposed arms about a central disk.
(5) (i) "Weapon" includes a dirk knife, bowie knife, switchblade knife, star knife, sandclub, metal knuckles, razor, and nunchaku.
(ii) "Weapon" does not include:
1. a handgun; or
2. a penknife without a switchblade.

(b) Exceptions for certain individuals. -- This section does not prohibit the following individuals from carrying a weapon:
(1) an officer of the State, or of any county or municipal corporation of the State, who is entitled or required to carry the weapon as part of the officer's official equipment, or by any conservator of the peace, who is entitled or required to carry the weapon as part of the conservator's official equipment, or by any officer or conservator of the peace of another state who is temporarily in this State;
(2) a special agent of a railroad;
(3) a holder of a permit to carry a handgun issued under Title 5, Subtitle 3 of the Public Safety Article;
(4) an individual who carries the weapon as a reasonable precaution against apprehended danger, subject to the right of the court in an action arising under this section to judge the reasonableness of the 7 of 201 Revised: 04-09-2017 carrying of the weapon, and the proper occasion for carrying it, under the evidence in the case.

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


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