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Old 03-04-2011, 01:05 PM   #1
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Illegal to carry pepper spray in car?

I just had a question. I found some dog repellent spray while cleaning out my garage, just wondering if it's legal to carry in a glove compartment of a car? I would think so as it's not deadly in anyway (spicy as hell though! lol)
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:54 PM   #2
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Several years ago, I had a bottle of pepper spray in my glove compartment, and was pulled over by police for speeding (wasn't given a ticket though ).

When I reached into the glove box to pull out my car insurance, one of the officers noticed the aerosol can and asked if it was pepper spray. I said yes, and handed it to him. He asked if I was a "registered mail carrier," which I certainly am not. He explained that pepper spray is considered a weapon and is illegal, confiscated the bottle, and gave me a verbal warning not to possess it again.

In summary, I assume possession of pepper spray/mace is illegal unless you're a mailman. I'm not entirely certain whether *all* types of pepper spray are forbidden, as they come in different strengths and have different purposes. Bear spray, for example, is legal to own as far as I know. Still, I'd be very careful before buying or carrying pepper spray or dog spray... at the very least, keep the can somewhere much more inconspicuous than your glove compartment.
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^ hmm i carry one in the car just in case... one time i had a guy just come up to the car window and punched it. I guess it also serves as a protection for when I walk to the car late at night.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:42 PM   #4
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^ hmm i carry one in the car just in case... one time i had a guy just come up to the car window and punched it. I guess it also serves as a protection for when I walk to the car late at night.
Please tell me you're a girl?

you guys need to stop watching so much tv. Bad things happen, but if someone wants to attack you a spicy propellant isn't going to stop them. If anything, its a false sense of security unless you constantly walk around with your thumb over the trigger waiting for something to happen. If you really want to protect yourself, go join a MMA gym or a karate class or something.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:54 PM   #5
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if you carry it for people it's a weapon... if you carry it for dogs it's legal...

so, carry it for dogs.
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:30 AM   #6
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if you carry it for people it's a weapon... if you carry it for dogs it's legal...

so, carry it for dogs.
so your gona bring your dog with you when you go bang bang with your women??
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Dog repellant and bear repellant are legal to purchase and possess in BC. If it's in your car and you're off to the dog park or a local trail for a walk then you most likely won't be hassled. For bear spray, if it's in your car and you're off to a camping/hiking trip - or live somewhere where bears can be a problem (IE, not in the city) then you also probably won't have a problem.

If there's any reason to believe that your possession of either type could be for a dangerous purpose, it becomes a weapon and is against the law (CCC - Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose).

If it's in a vehicle and within reach of the driver I normally seize it. If you're walking down the street with bear spray in a pocket you're potentially looking at charges/and or being hassled.
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so your gona bring your dog with you when you go bang bang with your women??
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