Can my 18-year-old Daughter Carry Pepper Spray on her Keychain?

This entry was posted by Rob on Thursday, 22 April, 2010 at

I think I’ll dip into the Google keyword phrase hits again today for the following:

- Can my 18-year-old daughter carry pepper spray on her keychain?

- Can you get expelled for having pepper spray?

Although pepper spray and Mace defensive sprays are legal in all 50 States, some specific locations, cities or states have regulations on to the purchase, possession and use of Aerosol Defense Sprays. For general guidance, please see our pepper spray laws page, if you have specific questions you should contact your local Police Department, campus security office or other authorities.

Aerosol Self-Defense Sprays are meant for defensive purposes only and can only be sold to or generally used by persons 18 years of age or older.

Many federal buildings, local court rooms, school districts, airports and other facilities have additional strict policies on possession of weapons and self-defense products, even if the use and carry is allowed in that particular city or state.

Unfortunately, even law abiding citizens carrying self-defense products for defensive purposes are labeled as bad guys if you wander into one of these locations and forget you have a 1/2 oz. pepper spray on your key chain.

Which brings up an interesting Catch 22.

Now your 18-year-old daughter who is a senior in high school, is not allowed to carry a pepper spray keychain to high school, which she wants to protect herself from robbery, abduction, rape or worse while walking home.

See Also: Student expelled for eyebrow shaver in purse and Two teen girls arrested in accidental pepper spray discharge.

Perhaps your 18-year-old daughter who is a freshman in college may be allowed to carry pepper spray, depending on the rules, regulations, and how forward thinking and safety concerned her college campus security is.

See Also: Pepper Spray Allowed on Portland State University Campus.

In any case, if either the 18-year-old high school senior or college freshman pulled out her keychain pepper spray at Columbine High School or Virginia Tech and stopped a shooting massacre, they would be considered a hero. That is unless the school continued to enforce the zero-tolerance weapons on campus policy… Like they did when they suspended that 17-year-old Eagle Scout in upstate New York who had a 2-inch pocket knife stashed away in the trunk of his car in the school parking lot with some camping gear back in October 2009. Excessive much?

Can you imagine the headines: Female Teen Thwarts Shooting Spree at Local High School, Gets Suspended for Carrying Pepper Spray on School Grounds?

teen girl with backpackI still wonder how many sex offenders would think twice before attempting to snatch a 12 or 13-year-old kid on the street if there was a chance that the child was taught how to responsibly use and carry a simple keychain pepper spray? I mean what do they have to lose now? The kids are defenseless to a 40 or 50-year-old grown man.

I feel like I need to do a Jaime Oliver: Food Revolution like TV show. Rob Cook: Self-Defense Revolution has a cool ring to it…

As I’ve said before, I’m not talking about arming a bunch of kids and letting them duke it out, or spray it out on a whim. Before someone goes all liberal on me, children or teenagers can be responsibly taught incremental self defense concepts over the course of their entire schooling. I’d see no problem with a responsible 14-year-old girl carrying a key chain pepper spray after being taught how, when and why to use it.

If we can hand out condoms during sex ed. in middle school, why not pepper spray and self defense during phys. ed?

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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2 Responses to “Can my 18-year-old Daughter Carry Pepper Spray on her Keychain?”

  1. Ok – this does not pertain to your post, and its late, and I am tired and I don’t know what the gizmo is called to do a search on your site, but there is a metal rod, and with a flick it opens up to a baton. There are different sizes and weights, etc, and can range anywhere from $20+ (should have bought it at the gun show I was at) and I could probably find it on Ebay but I like your site so I wanted to see if you could link me. I did not see anything that would let me “contact the experts” so…. do you have any idea what I am talking about? (Yeh, just a glass or two. , but that is beside the “post”…)

  2. Rob

    Hey Petra, You want the good old telescopic steel baton, one of my all time favorite self-defense products.

    Related TSB Blog posts:
    Product Review: Telescopic Steel Baton
    Tonya Harding’s Latest Whack at Nancy Kerrigan
    Self Defense. It’s so Easy, Even a Caveman Could do it

    Thanks for asking.

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