Donna (sassi214) wrote in thequestionclub,
Donna
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I was involved in a personal safety incident with a friend today. Without going into too many details, we've discussed the possibility of carrying pepper spray in our pocket/on our person. (we're both women, if that matters)



Years and years ago, my mom purchased a pepper spray keychain (something like this: http://www.amazon.com/SABRE-RED-Pepper-Spray-Protection/dp/B000UVTDLG) for her three daughters, when we were all in our late teens. Mostly because we worked at the mall, and got out of work after hours, driving alone, etc. I carried it for a year or so and then stopped. I never had to use it.

Do you carry pepper spray?
Why/why not?
If so, do you have a recommendation?

Her husband was looking into these models:

This one is not refillable, but hopefully it will not be used that often.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004MG63X6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3AFJ33Q00UN6W

This one is refillable – and a little cheaper. But my first thought was that if someone mistook it for a gun, it could be more trouble. (There is a “hot pink” version that might help with that.)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AL27X6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00814MMZS/ref=gno_cart_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2WE5EE8I6DA44

This is just pepper spray in a can. Cheaper, but might be harder to get to and aim quickly. The first two are “gun like” to make them accessible more quickly and more accurate. (and presumably reach longer distances)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FAUPVAO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AX7T87SAF3N9R

I looked it up and found this info on pepper spray in my state:

http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Pepper_Spray.shtm

But I'm unclear if this means I can't carry it everywhere? I'm not wrapping my head around the listed restrictions.

I'm sort of leery of this whole idea, but figured I could get some varied opinions here.

Thank you!
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