Texas State (TX) Pepper Spray Laws

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We take the time to research and stay up-to-date on TX 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 product purchased from our website is legal to ship/use/carry for self defense in the state of Texas 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.


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

The Basics:

  • Pepper spray for self defense is LEGAL in Texas.
  • The canister must be "small" in size (...up to 4oz is fairly small).
  • User must be over 18 years old.
  • User cannot have any felonies on record.
When you want to buy a defense spray in Texas, there is only one important rule you need to know: unlike most things in the state, pepper spray canisters are only acceptable is small sizes. According to the Texas Penal Code, nothing other than a "small chemical dispenser" may be carried by citizens. This law helps to ensure that people do not use these self defense weapons for anything other than emergency situations. These chemical sprays contain an extremely powerful ingredient called Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) that will have a serious, but temporary effect on the respiratory system of anyone who is hit with them. Most people will be put out of commission immediately upon contact, so it must only be used


There are many beautiful cities in Texas, such as Austin, Houston and Dallas. Unfortunately, one of the sad facts about modern life is that there is danger anywhere you go. Residents of, or visitors to the Lone Star State may come up against a criminal or predator who intends to steal their belongings or do them harm. Situations like these are the only times when it is legal to use a defense spray against another human being. It is lawful when you or the people you are with are being threatened, and are at risk of being harmed. These weapons can and should be used for protection against anyone who presents an immediate danger to you.

Humans are not the only creatures who may prove to be a risk to your safety. Wild animals can be a serious threat as well. Most pepper sprays include 10% or less of an ingredient called Oleoresin Capsicum (OC), but it is also possible to find animal sprays that contains 15% of this high powered chemical. These sprays will take down any creature, and are ideal to carry with you when you venture into the Texas wilderness. Every can must have a label that indicates it is for protection against wild animals only, and it is illegal to use this type of spray on another person.

The question of where to buy an approved sized canister of defense spray is easily answered. Most any city in TX will have a variety of retail locations where personal safety products are sold to the public. You may also order them online, just make sure to request the smaller options like ones above to comply with all state regulations.


In Legal Jargon:
What the official Texas state law says

FROM THE TEXAS PENAL CODE TITLE 10. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, AND MORALS CHAPTER 46. WEAPONS (14) "Chemical dispensing device" means a device, other than a small chemical dispenser sold commercially for personal protection, that is designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of dispensing a substance capable of causing an adverse psychological or physiological effect on a human being. 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 product purchased from our website is allowed to ship and process in the state of Texas. Our guarantee applies to legality at the state level. Please check with your local city or county for any additional possible restrictions.