Tennessee State Pepper Spray Laws, Rules & Legal Regulations

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If you are over the age of 18 and have not been convicted of a felony or an assault- we guarantee* any pepper spray, self defense, or security product listed on this website are legal to ship/use/carry in the state of Tennessee at the time of purchase. *Our guarantee applies to legality at the state level. Most cities and counties simply comply with the state level laws, however, we recommend you check with your local city or county police department for any additional restrictions.

Video Explanation of TN State Laws

In Plain English:
Tennessee Pepper Spray Law Explanation

The Basics:

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

The laws in Tennessee pertaining to self defense do not prohibit the possession or use of pepper spray or electronic devices that temporarily incapacitate (like stun guns) for the purposes of protecting yourself.

While possession of many firearms are legal (handguns with a concealed carry with permit, handgun or long gun in your home or car) pepper spray and stun guns can be an alternative in situations where you may just want to get away from a dangerous situation without having to consider the consequences of using a firearm. The products sold in our online store are all legal to possess and use for self defense purposes in Tennessee.

Major cities around the country, including Nashville, Tennessee, are experiencing steady climbs in crime rates, making them increasingly dangerous. Since Nashville is a popular tourist destination, it is important to understand the safety risks if you plan to visit. There are plenty of areas considered to be safe, and you want to familiarize yourself with the area before doing any exploring. If you are a local resident, then you should be aware of the different neighborhoods and stick to those that are safer.

Regardless of where you are and how likely safe or dangerous the location may be, it is important to always stay aware of your surroundings and make sure that you are not putting yourself in a potentially risky situation. Carrying a personal protection product, like pepper spray or a stun gun, will help your ability to effectively respond in the face of danger.


What the Official Tennessee State Law Says

Title 39 - Criminal Offenses
Chapter 17 - Offenses Against Public Health, Safety and Welfare
Part 13 - Weapons
39-17-1302 - Prohibited weapons.

(a) A person commits an offense who intentionally or knowingly possesses, manufactures, transports, repairs or sells:

     (1) An explosive or an explosive weapon;

     (2) A device principally designed, made or adapted for delivering or shooting an explosive weapon;

     (3) A machine gun;

     (4) A short-barrel rifle or shotgun;

     (5) A firearm silencer;

     (6) Hoax device;

     (7) A switchblade knife or knuckles; or

     (8) Any other implement for infliction of serious bodily injury or death that has no common lawful purpose.

You can find full text here: http://codes.findlaw.com/tn/title-39-criminal-offenses/tn-code-sect-39-17-1302.html


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


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