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DC Defines Pepper Spray as a Firearm

Monday, August 4, 2014


DC councilmembers and the DC police department believes they should make it as difficult as possible for law abiding DC residents to defend themselves against attack.

The DC law governing this “firearm” specifies only sprays consisting of permissible ingredients may be used in the city.

“However, under D.C. Official Code § 7-2502.12, the only legal types of self-defense sprays are “a mixture of a lacrimator including chloroacetophenone, alphacloracetophenone, phenylchloromethylketone, orthochlorobenazalm-alononitrile or oleoresin capsicum.”

And then the law goes onto note that: “A person may use a self-defense spray only as reasonable force to defend themselves or their property and only if the self-defense spray meets the requirements above.”

When a DC police officer arrives at a crime scene where a woman has defended herself with pepper spray against rape from a male assailant, I wonder if the officer examines the spray to ensure it “meets the requirements”? Fines for the illegal sale or possession of self-defense sprays in DC can be up to $1000 or a year in jail.

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  • Frank

    I guess they are so poorly educated that they don’t know what constitutes a Firearm.
    The next thing you know, rapists and would-be murderers will be getting acquitted because their victims were found to be carrying an “illegal” form of non-lethal self-defense spray and, therefore, violated the law and the attacker’s rights. Having been acquitted of any crime, the attacker-cum-victim will sue the “victim” of the original crime – and probably win the civil suit.
    I tell you folks, we’re getting closer and closer to the system being so backwards and upside-down that people won’t respect it anymore and will, out of necessity, begin handling things themselves. When there is no true justice in our Justice system, it is no longer viable – and we are very near there. It will lead to a reckoning, with many wrongs being avenged. The right of self defense has been taken away, mostly through the actions of lawyers subverting the intent of the original laws. Everybody should have the right of self defense, without being encumbered by second thoughts and doubts about whether they will be sued or arrested for protecting their own, or someone else’s life.
    Any person that uses a lethal or non-lethal weapon in any form in order to commit an unprovoked offensive attack is a criminal. Let’s not make the definition of the use of such devices so broad and ambiguous that lawful citizens cannot use devices to defend themselves or others.

  • Jose Khan Yohsi

    Tell DC to eat Sheeet. That rat infested gang banging loving sheet hole houses most of the America’s trash anyway. Hopefully it get vaporized.

  • Centurian2010

    This is what happens when we allow the government to get away with taking part of our 2nd Amendment rights. A landslide is waiting for us.

    • DollarBill

      WRONG, a landslide is waiting for them!

    • Centurian2010

      I certainly hope so friend!

  • Joseph Mertens

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    All gun laws are Illegal as they are an infringement any other interpretation is an excuse for government powers to grow & liberty to fade. Stalin Total gun ban “Real power comes from a Long rifle.” Leader of China who killed 70 million of his own people, Mao zedong “Every communist needs to understand all political power grows from the barrel of a gun

  • Joseph Mertens

    The absurdity of saying the militia & weapon availability is under the control of Government is exposed by this.

    Why would you form an organization & acknowledge the right to keep & bear weapons too the people for the purpose of opposing a tyrannical government then turn control of both over to the potential Criminal Government?

    Logic wins. Well Regulated means Orderly & Trained & they have no legal power to control arms.

  • MIKE6080

    follow it up with a couple of hollow points

  • 2War Abn Vet

    So, in DC people can’rt even use pepper spray to defend themselves against the massive criminal element (and I’m not just writing about the administration).

  • William M Durham

    Yes, but remember that in DC crack cocaine is really just candy and regular cocaine is nose candy used by all well meaning politicians and good voters of DC. An the use of guns is there version of birth control and handling of unwed fathers. I would rather visit Syria on a church visit that be caught in DC for 1 minute. But I guess that is why all the politicians want to be there with the rest of the scum of the earth.

  • Michael

    Wow, I would really like to know what those BRAIN DEAD POLITICIANS are smoking, I would like to sample it just to see if I end up in LA-LA land with them!!!

  • PT

    A city run by libtards, what do you expect?

  • Carl Stevenson

    Those vile bastardized need to be removed from office and hanged for their treason. They are aiding and comforting an enemy – criminals.
    It takes a special kind of stupid to keep voting the same tyrants into office tome after time, to put up with the tyranny and not revolt.

  • DollarBill

    Somebody please explain to these DULLARDS in DC what a firearm is!They don’t know the difference between a firearm and a rubber band!

  • libertyluvur

    Geezus we have got to get rid of these libs!