"She was competitive shopping."
Los Angeles Police Lt. Abel Parga,
Well, fairly easily, it turns out. Among the 50 states, there are very few restrictions on personal ownership of pepper spray devices. Only a half dozen states restrict ownership, and none forbid it. Massachusetts prohibits Internet purchases; Michigan, Wisconsin and California restrict the quantity and concentration of pepper spray that may be sold or shipped. D.C. requires those who possess pepper spray to register with local LEA. Federally, the Department of Transportation considers pepper spray a hazardous material, which means it may not be shipped internationally, and is subject to shipping guidelines through the USPS.
The latest pepper spray outrage arrived via a Wal-Mart shopper, neither security guard nor law enforcement. According to the LA Times: "In Porter Ranch, a woman pepper sprayed customers at a Wal-Mart in what authorities say was a deliberate attempt to get more 'door buster' merchandise. . . . Wal-Mart described the pepper-spray attack at its Porter Ranch store during a Black Friday sale 'an unfortunate situation' and vowed to work with law enforcement to catch the assailant." At least 10 customers were injured, including children, although none seriously. But really! Thanksgiving day?
Warning: Do not buy any of these otherwise fine products for an in-law.
(4 Lt. John Pike's
is our highest rating.)
PS Products Pepper Spray. 75oz Lipstick Display 6 Pieces Assorted LSP ($26) They cheerfully describe it: "This attractive lipstick case is sure to deceive and ward off potential attackers. Pretend you need to freshen your lipstick and POW! This .75 oz. canister contains 20 half-second sprays with range of 10 feet."
It's on Michele
Mace Security International 10% Pepper Key Guard 3 Gram Black. ($6) Here's their description: "OC pepper is a naturally occurring substance derived from cayenne peppers. The Mace Keyguard is approximately 3in long, the compact design makes it convenient to carry, perfect for on the go."
Remember: pepper spray is a "naturally occurring product," so this should appeal to natural foods folks, transcendentalists, Unitarian Universalists, Buddhists,
Mace 80344 Pen Defender, Silver ($10) "The Mace Pen Defender is a working high quality ballpoint pen that you can carry in a shirt pocket or purse. The Pen Defender contains a powerful 10% Pepper formula that stops attacks."
Convenient for white collar workplaces, especially Goldman Sachs, or
Wal-Mart's corporate HQ.
Mace Personal Defense Spray (Hot Pink) ($15.99) "Pink just got hotter with Hot Pink Mace Defense Spray! The 10% (1.4% capsaicinoids concentration) pepper spray formula is one of our hottest."
This one is highly sexist,
and should be avoided,
despite its exceptional design
UDAP Jogger Fogger Pepper Spray ($14.99) "This pepper spray self-defense device fits comfortably in your hand with a stretch band to hold it in place while you run. It can also be worn on a belt and carried by mail carriers, delivery personnel, meter readers, bicyclists or anyone out for a stroll. It's one of the most versatile self-defense units on the market."
or moved my legs in any way at all,
this is the one I'd want!
Street Wise Large Canister Pepper Spray with Pistol Grip ($44.99) "This Street Wise Large Canister Pepper Spray is also available for civilian use. This pepper spray can be placed behind the counter of a retail store to deter robbery, near the front door of a home to thwart home invasions or for use on multiple attackers."
If you're like me, you too must fight through
angry mobs of neighbors whenever
you leave your house,
the Street Wise Canister is pricey,
but sure beats spraying attackers
with water from a garden hose.
Fox Labs 4 oz Flip Top Pepper Spray-Stream 42FTS ($18) "These are the hottest sprays in the world! Spray patterns for this unit is stream. Striking appearance with wide-mouth activator flip top to prevent accidental discharge. We are talking serious, effective less-lethal stopping power!”
Mace Hot Walkers - 1 Pound Pepper Spray Weights 80345 ($12) "HOT WALKERS are 1 pound walking weights with built-in 10% Pepper Spray for self-defense. Elastic Hand Straps for support. Storage compartment for keys and money. Foam-covered hand grips for comfort. Cleans with soap and water. FREE replaceable pepper spray canister."
I wanted to test these, but
I lacked the arm strength to lift them.
But if you're "buff,"
with superior biceps
these might be for you!
Hello Kitty Pepper Spray - Stylish, Designer "Hello Kitty" Pepper Spray "Gold" ($15.99) "Designer Stylish Keyring Case Add Flash and Glamour with Protection. HOT Pepper, derived from 6 million SHU. The New Trend in Personalizing Self Defense. 4 Colors to Choose From- Pink, Blue, Gold or Red."
Peppershot PS-4 1/2 oz w/ Auto Visor Clip ($4) "Pepper Shot is a 10% pepper spray rated at 2 million scoville heat units and made with a very fine grain that is more effective than the coarser grains of most other pepper sprays. In addition to causing an attacker pain, Pepper Shot swells the mucous membranes, which makes breathing difficult, and swells the veins in the eyes, causing the eyes to close. These effects last 20-30 minutes and cause no permanent damage."
I do not drive, but instead ride a mule for all my travel needs, so I have no auto visor. Also, this one openly admits its product causes no "permanent damage" - that troubles me, but if you're a peaceniking, tree hugging, latte swilling, sprout eating, unemployed hippie driving a 1968 Volkswagon bus, this one's for you.
The products above are hard to top, but the overall winner of this review is the phenomenal Kimber Guardian Angel Pepper Blaster II Pepper Spray Gel 10% OC Red! It's ergonomic! It's powerful! It's got "enough energy to wrap around glasses or penetrate a face mask"! Who cares what it costs? Best of all, for our Christian readers,
|This is the one Santa carries!!|