Defense Against Crime


Old Enough for Pepper Spray

Occasionally I’m asked by parents if they think their child is too young to carry pepper spray? In one of my previous posts I wrote about the legality of Pepper spray, and while pepper spray is legal in all states in the United States; there are other considerations to make before you allow your young person to carry pepper spray. I’m often asked “At what age should a person be allowed to carry pepper spray”? You certainly don’t want to give it to your 8-year-old son – do you? The answer is – it depends. There are several factors to consider. The first factor is the maturity level of the person. Not all 8 year olds are the same, and neither is every 18-year-old, but I would definitely recommend it for most 18 year olds. The person carrying the pepper spray must be able to comprehend that products like pepper spray are not play toys or gag toys and are meant for self-defense purposes only. Parents and Guardians need to understand the needs, responsibility, maturity, and personality of their children before they are allowed them to care self-defense products. If the parent of a 15-year-old young lady feels their daughter is old enough and mature enough to go out on a blind date with a stranger, she’s probably old enough to carry pepper spray. We also suggest that BEFORE they are allowed to carry that they know when and how to use it correctly. Those same parents may also have a wild and sometimes uncontrollable 16-year-old, who if given pepper spray would likely show it off to their friends or even spray them as a prank. We don’t recommend that this child should be allowed to carry pepper spray. Parents just need to feel that their child is ready. You should use the same judgment as if they were going to let their child carry a gun.

The second factor is the environment in which the young person lives. If he or she as to live, go to work, go to school; commute etc. in an area where simply being away from the home or out on the streets poses a risk, that is something that needs to be considered. While I will firmly say that crime can happen any time, and any place, crime is more probable in certain locations than others.

The last factor to consider is local and state ordinances. You should always check to see if there are laws in place that prohibit persons under a certain age from carrying pepper spray. You also need to check school rules on this. I’ve had parents whose children went to trouble schools wanting to purchase pepper spray, and I’ve had to caution them that this could get the child expelled if they can’t carry this type of product on campus. With the growing discipline problems in public schools, most strict rules regarding what school or even college age children can possess are prohibited. Most colleges however do allow pepper spray. is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable personal protection products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime. If you want to take personal responsibility for yourself, your home or your business, purchase our high quality discount personal protection products and arm yourself with the knowledge of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. is a division of ONYX knight Enterprises.



  1. I think that the person who is carrying the pepper spray has to a responsible person and also know when to use it the right way for self defense


    Comment by Raymond Torres — 30/08/2012 @ 4:12 PM

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  3. I am a parent of 2,my daughter attends high school and walks a mile to get there,she walks by a gathering of men waiting to get picked up for work and they sometimes say things to make her uncomfortable so ive got her some pepper spray from our local surplus to carry in her pocket,it has a safety nozzle that will keep it from going off with out proper use,i gave her instructions and she understands its purpose


    Comment by hex — 22/10/2012 @ 6:55 PM

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