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Washington State Pepper Spray Laws, Rules & Legal Regulations

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

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Video Explanation of WA State Laws

Washington Pepper Spray Law Explanation

When it comes to your personal safety, knowledge + preparedness is power. It is best to be well informed and ready to act if necessary. There are no restrictions on pepper spray for the state of Washington. It is perfectly legal for you to purchase, carry, and use pepper spray for the purposes of self defense. It is also legal for you to carry and use nonlethal devices, such as stun guns. Larger cities like Seattle and Olympia are experiencing increasing rates of violent crime, so knowing about protection is becoming even more important.

In addition to owing self defense products, law enforcement professionals encourage knowing how to use them properly. You don’t want to have a sense of false confidence. For example, simply having pepper spray does not guarantee you’ll use it properly in a dangerous situation. It is advisable to read up on what to do and practice in a safe environment. We carry a variety of pepper spray training kits to help do just that.

Arming yourself with the right personal protection products can make all the difference when it comes to keeping yourself safe. Even when you are avoiding dangerous situations, it’s important to remember that crime can happen anywhere. Being prepared at all times; remaining vigilant and knowing what to do if something happens, is always important.


What the Official Washington State Law Says

Chapter 571

Weapons Offenses

Section 571.030.1

(Does not include pepper spray)

Full text here:

Article I


Section 23

Right to keep and bear arms, ammunition, and certain accessories--exception--rights to be unalienable.

Section 23. That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms, ammunition, and accessories typical to the normal function of such arms, in defense of his home, person, family and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned. The rights guaranteed by this section shall be unalienable. Any restriction on these rights shall be subject to strict scrutiny and the state of Washington shall be obligated to uphold these rights and shall under no circumstances decline to protect against their infringement. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the general assembly from enacting general laws which limit the rights of convicted violent felons or those adjudicated by a court to be a danger to self or others as result of a mental disorder or mental infirmity.

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Last Updated: July 2017