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Tennessee State Pepper Spray Laws, Rules & Legal Regulations

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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Video Explanation of TN State Laws

Tennessee Pepper Spray Law Explanation

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.

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Last Updated: July 2017