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New York Pepper Spray Law

Governor Gorge Pataki

Upon entering office, Governor Pataki implemented new legislation regarding the right of New Yorkers to carry self-defense sprays. Now in line with other states, New York State, including New York City, has specific rules regarding the purchase of pepper spray.

Self Defenses Inc., has developed their product to meet all the state regulations. Our product, Force Spray, is as potent as other products sold in the United States. At this time, we believe we are the only company that makes a product meeting all the requirements necessary to be sold in New York State.

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The New York State Self-Defense Spray Law - Penal Law 265.20
Requires special labeling and control of sales. In order to purchase this product the law states:

You must be over the age of 18.
You must have no history of felony convictions or assaults.
Product must be purchased from an authorized dealer, pharmacy or gun dealer.
You must complete a form with your name, address, birth date and signature.


• You can’t bring a spray from another state into New York.
• You can’t buy it online.
• You can’t give it to a minor.

Self-Defense Law in New York State

New York Spray Law- Penal Law 265.20

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