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Massachusetts State Pepper Spray Laws

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Video Explanation of MA State Laws


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

It is illegal for pepper spray designed for use against humans to be mailed to Massachusetts, but it may be lawfully carried by private citizens.

In 2014, the Massachusetts state legislature voted to remove the FID requirement in order to purchase, possess and use pepper spray for self-defense. That said, even though you can purchase, possess and use pepper spray without an FID card, Massachusetts is one of the few states that does not allow mace or any other type of defense spray to be sent in through the mail directly to a consumer.  No one other than an authorized dealer may receive any type of defense spray via the postal service. Nearby states, such as New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine and Connecticut do permit sprays that are used for personal protection to be shipped, so those who have addresses just outside MA may purchase defense spray products online.

Only a licensed firearm dealer has the authorization to sell self-defense sprays in Massachusetts, and most do keep them in stock. Once you know where to buy them, there are a few other rules to keep in mind. There is only one acceptable use for pepper spray, and that is for the self defense of any individual who is being assaulted or threatened by an assailant. It is against the law to spray a person or animal unless your safety or the safety of someone you are with is in jeopardy. Animal pepper spray is also legal in MA, but state regulations prohibit using them for any other reason than to guard yourself against an attack. When many people think of the state, they may most often bring to mind a large city such as Boston, but there are many outdoor areas where an attack from a wild animal might occur. The powerful ingredients in these sprays will incapacitate them for a short time and give you the opportunity to get away safely.


In Legal Jargon:
What the official Massachusetts state law says

"FROM Section 131 Licenses to carry firearms; Class A and B; conditions and restrictions
(c) Either a Class A or Class B license shall be valid for the purpose of owning, possessing, purchasing and transferring non-large capacity rifles and shotguns, and for purchasing and possessing chemical mace, pepper spray or other similarly propelled liquid, gas or powder designed to temporarily incapacitate, consistent with the entitlements conferred by a firearm identification card issued under section 129B"


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 product purchased from our listing of "MA legal products" is allowed to ship and process in the state of Massachusetts. Our guarantee applies to legality at the state level. Please check with your local city or county for any additional possible restrictions.