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Virginia State Pepper Spray Laws, Rules & Legal Regulations


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


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Virginia Pepper Spray Law Explanation

Although it is a felony in Virginia to discharge tear gas or pepper spray in an unlawful manner or with intent to harm others, using pepper spray for the purposes of self defense is perfectly legal. Pepper spray makes a perfect non-lethal weapon if you want to reduce your chances of becoming a victim or a statistic. When you use pepper spray against a potential assailant, you can quickly incapacitate them and give yourself a chance to get to a safer situation. The products that we sell online are all legal to use for the purposes of self defense in the state of Virginia.

In the city of Virginia Beach, the largest city in Virginia, the crime rate is rising. The occurrence of robbery, assault, rape, and other violent crimes is increasing. Make sure that you protect yourself the best way possible, and carry a personal protection product such as pepper spray or an electronic incapacitation device (e.g., stun gun).

Enjoying yourself while on vacation in Virginia Beach, or roaming around safely if you are a local resident, becomes easier when you feel protected. Always remain aware of your surroundings and make sure that you have some pepper spray on hand… just in case.


 

What the Official Virginia State Law Says

  • 18.2-312. Illegal use of tear gas, phosgene and other gases.

If any person maliciously release or cause or procure to be released in any private home, place of business or place of public gathering any tear gas, mustard gas, phosgene gas or other noxious or nauseating gases or mixtures of chemicals designed to, and capable of, producing vile or injurious or nauseating odors or gases, and bodily injury results to any person from such gas or odor, the offending person shall be guilty of a Class 3 felony.

If such act be done unlawfully, but not maliciously, the offending person shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony.

Nothing herein contained shall prevent the use of tear gas or other gases by police officers or other peace officers in the proper performance of their duties, or by any person or persons in the protection of person, life or property.

Code 1950, § 18.1-70; 1960, c. 358; 1975, cc. 14, 15.

You can find more details here: http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter4/section18.2-312

Last Updated: July 2017