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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