Florida State (FL) Pepper Spray Usage Laws & Ownership Rules

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We take the time to research and stay up-to-date on FL state self defense laws and regulations, so you don't have to. We guarantee if you are over 18 and have not been convicted of a felony or assault, any self defense spray canister purchased from us that is less than 2oz. in volume is legal to ship/use/carry in the state of Florida at the time of purchase. Most cities and counties simply comply with the state level laws, however, we recommend you check with your local city or county for any additional restrictions.

Video Explanation of FL State Laws


In Plain English:
Florida state laws for pepper spray & self defense products

The Basics:

  • Canister size must be no more than 2oz. 

  • Users must not have any convicted felonies

  • Pepper spray may only be used in self defense situations.

  • Self defense sprays cannot be used against a police officer.

  • Carrying pepper spray does not require a concealed weapon license.

  • Stun guns are also allowed, but do require a state license with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (Chapter 790.06).

The state of Florida has many great points of interest, such as Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. These, and other cities draw thousands of new residents and tourists in every year. Unfortunately, they also attract criminals, predators and law breakers who would not think twice about harming another human being.

Pepper spray is recognized as a valid and legal method of self defense in FL. As with every other state, it may only be used when absolutely necessary for the protection of any individual. That means it is only lawful to use MACE or any type of defense spray when your safety is being threatened by another person. You may carry the weapon at public venues in Florida, but state regulations do dictate how much each person is allowed to have on them. No canister may contain over two ounces of chemical spray, so only the smaller units are allowed.

One of the most important rules to remember about pepper spray in Florida is that it is never permissible to use one against a law enforcement officer for any reason. Even pointing the canister at a police officer may be viewed as an illegal intent to discharge the weapon against them. Any such act is punishable by law.

Where to buy pepper spray is one of the most commonly asked questions from people who are interested in self defense products. It can be found in every major city in the state, such as Jacksonville, Panama City and Pensacola, or purchased online. Florida does not have any laws against shipping defense sprays in or out of the state, as long as they are within the approved size limit. The weapons may be purchased for use against a human assailant, and even for protection against non human threats.

Florida features The Everglades and many other outdoor attractions. While these areas are beautiful to see, they are also home to wild animals that are completely unpredictable. An animal spray is the best way to stop an attack that is a danger to you or anyone you are with, and they are also legal to carry within the sunshine state. These sprays are effective against most any sized beast, and you can rest assured that they will not have any long term effects on any animal.

In Legal Jargon:
What the official Florida state law says


Section 001 Definitions
(b) “Tear gas gun” or “chemical weapon or device” means any weapon of such nature, except a device known as a “self-defense chemical spray.” “Self-defense chemical spray” means a device carried solely for purposes of lawful self-defense that is compact in size, designed to be carried on or about the person, and contains not more than two ounces of chemical. 
Section 054
Prohibited use of self-defense weapon or device against law enforcement officer; penalties.—A person who knowingly and willfully uses a self-defense chemical spray, a nonlethal stun gun or other nonlethal electric weapon or device, or a dart-firing stun gun against a law enforcement officer engaged in the performance of his or her duties commits a felony of the third degree

Section 23
Felons and delinquents; possession of firearms, ammunition, or electric weapons or devices unlawful.—

(1) It is unlawful for any person to own or to have in his or her care, custody, possession, or control any firearm, ammunition, or electric weapon or device, or to carry a concealed weapon, including a tear gas gun or chemical weapon or device, if that person has been:

(a) Convicted of a felony in the courts of this state;

(b) Found, in the courts of this state, to have committed a delinquent act that would be a felony if committed by an adult and such person is under 24 years of age;

(c) Convicted of or found to have committed a crime against the United States which is designated as a felony;

(d) Found to have committed a delinquent act in another state, territory, or country that would be a felony if committed by an adult and which was punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year and such person is under 24 years of age;

Last updated March 2019 


Please note: We guarantee that as long as you are over 18 and have not been convicted of a felony or assault, any pepper spray  canister less than 2oz. is allowed to ship and process in the state of Florida. Our guarantee applies to legality at the state level. Please check with your local city or county for any additional possible restrictions.