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    Pepper spray / Mace

    I get so tired. If I didn't have the old folks and a kid to take care of, I would be out of this state SO fast. It's like herding snakes with a rake. Every time you think you get a handle on ONE problem...

    I'm now aware of how ridiculous this mace law is. Why on God's green earth do we have to give people FID tests so they can carry mace? Sure, I don't mind the money, but it's SO unfair and counter productive. What the heck does some college kid care about the different types of actions hand guns have? Why do they need to be bothered with all this stuff to carry a stupid little pepper spray canister?

    This is like taking a class 1 test to drive a moped. If the commonwealth insists on sucking money from every shade of the spectrum, they should at least have the decency to devise some no brain ten question test for mace. These college kids, who I believe are the majority of the demographic utilizing these tools for self defense have enough studying to do without taking a gun owners test, which is ridiculous even for its own intent, so they can purchase a spray of condensed vegetable oils many of us use to enhance the flavor of tacos.

    Why isn't GOAL or the NRA stepping up at the state house and ending this lunacy? These kids were smart enough to get into college and get a driver's license but assachusetts thinks they're too stupid to handle a can of pepper spray? There needs to be an intelligence test for our legislature. This is just too stupid.

    I don't know enough about the law, but maybe somebody here does. Can a class action law suit be brought against MA for all the kids who are robbed, murdered, raped or assaulted on campuses because they were denied a reasonable means of self defense by the state?
    You can run... but you'll just die tired. 3%

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    I take it that Massachusetts (now) requires training to carry pepper spray?

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    Consider bear spray instead.

    In many stats that regulate self defense pepper spray/mace, the more potent and effective bear spray gets a pass because it is a registered pesticide.

    That is the case in New York. Self defense pepper spray/mace can only be sold to people over the age of 18 by a licensed firearms dealer or pharmacists (guns and drug distributors - now that's an odd combination of bedfellows.)

    But the more potent bear spray can be sold by any retailer to any one without age restriction because it is a registered pesticide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nogods View Post
    Consider bear spray instead.

    In many stats that regulate self defense pepper spray/mace, the more potent and effective bear spray gets a pass because it is a registered pesticide.

    That is the case in New York. Self defense pepper spray/mace can only be sold to people over the age of 18 by a licensed firearms dealer or pharmacists (guns and drug distributors - now that's an odd combination of bedfellows.)

    But the more potent bear spray can be sold by any retailer to any one without age restriction because it is a registered pesticide.
    You are absolutely right brother.

    Pepper Spray State Laws, Rules & Regulations

    But ASSACHUSETTS has covered those bases too.

    More Details on Massachusetts Self Defense & Pepper Spray Regulations
    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. No one other than an authorized dealer may receive any type of defense spray via the postal service. Nearby states do permit sprays that are used for personal protection to be shipped in following an online purchase, so those who live just outside MA may or 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 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. Though they are safe for use on any creature, it is unlawful to use this type of spray on humans.
    You can run... but you'll just die tired. 3%

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    FWIW SC also has a law restriction mace cannistors to 50cc or less. I have drafted a letter to my state senator asking for legislative remedy. I think that I will have better luck down here than you will in MA. But none the less, keep up the good fight.

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    Got to love Michigan, Mace can be sold to anyone over the age of 18, shoot, they have it in Meijer and Walmart. Only thing that sucks here is you cant carry an ASP baton because its considered a " Bludgeon object " or Id carry one of those, you have to take some sort of class because and I quote "It can be a lethal weapon"
    My question is, if I can carry a gun, why can I not carry an ASP baton? What the hell is the difference between the two, except if I shoot you, youre dead, if I happen to hit you, youre at best unconscious...
    Stupid laws.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itstjs View Post
    Only thing that sucks here is you cant carry an ASP baton because its considered a " Bludgeon object " or Id carry one of those, you have to take some sort of class because and I quote "It can be a lethal weapon"
    .
    A Family Circle magazine can be a lethal weapon. Depends on your training. Both of my knees have been broken. I have a clear medical history of surgery and treatment. I'm designing a fighting cane from northern white birch which will be quite lethal, and I don't even think the TSA can take it away from me. I'm starting fabricating prototypes tomorrow. Just got the fresh stock in today.
    You can run... but you'll just die tired. 3%

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    You can buy pepper spray in MA. The permit is simple to get stand alone, and as I recall it does not have a fee. If you have a MA gun permit, it is good for pepper spray.

    While other states have no requirement, you need to be at least 18 yrs old in MA. For what it is worth, MA is a shall issue state for pepper spray.

    You have to go to a police station for the paperwork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itstjs View Post
    Got to love Michigan, Mace can be sold to anyone over the age of 18, shoot, they have it in Meijer and Walmart. Only thing that sucks here is you cant carry an ASP baton because its considered a " Bludgeon object " or Id carry one of those, you have to take some sort of class because and I quote "It can be a lethal weapon"
    My question is, if I can carry a gun, why can I not carry an ASP baton? What the hell is the difference between the two, except if I shoot you, youre dead, if I happen to hit you, youre at best unconscious...
    Stupid laws.
    LOL, got to love my state we can carry it all with no permits needed(other then for concealed carry). Even that will soon be done away with.We just did away with knife laws and removed them from the books. You can now own/carry auto knifes. Last time I checked we don't even have a max length that you can carry. My dream carry firearm would be a HK PDW full auto with a sound suppressor and 100 roung drum mag .

    THEY MAY TAKE OUR LIVES BUT THEY'LL NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM!!!!!

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    MA requires a "restricted FID" to purchase or possess chemical defensive spray. The license fee is $ 25.00, no training is required, and the application form is the same as an FID or LTC. The basis for the license requirement stems from the fact that chemical defensive sprays are identified as ammunition by statute. I agree that it's rediculous. GOAL has backed a bill that would change this, but it's stuck in the legislative process. In the meantime, persons who possess these sprays without a license are potential felons. Many out-of-state visitors are not aware of this.

    Tell your unlicensed loved ones to keep a cab of wasp and hornet spray by the front door. It works great on those pesky two legged hornets.
    "We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions." ~ Ronald Reagan

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