As gun owners know best, gun laws are complex and one false move could put you on the other side of the law. Plus, gun laws are different in every state, which makes things confusing for law-abiding individuals across the nation. For example, the use of force in one state may constitute “deadly force” in another state, possibly creating a sticky situation if you’re traveling between states.
Pepper spray is frequently recommended as a primary or secondary defensive tool. It’s easy to see why some people suggest it, considering pepper spray’s history and accessibility, especially for those not yet old enough to legally carry a firearm. However, if you’re thinking about adding pepper spray or a similar defensive spray to your self-defense toolbox, there are a multitude of reasons not to do so. Want to know more? Here’s our list of the top 10 reasons not to use pepper spray.
“What’s the difference between pepper spray and Mace®?” is a fairly common question. It’s understandable, because there are many variations on defensive sprays: pepper spray, pepper gel, pepper foam, Mace, and OC spray, to name a few. Today, we’ll focus on the specific differences between pepper spray as a general product and the brand name product Mace.
While it’s true that pepper spray, also called OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) spray, is an incredibly popular self-defense tool, it’s not the one-size-fits-all answer that many see it as. Police officers, security guards, and private citizens interested in self-defense have all utilized pepper spray effectively inside of self-defense incidents to prevent falling victim to violent crime. In fact, pepper spray is so popular and socially accepted that in most states you can find pepper spray in the checkout line of your local hardware or big box store, right alongside the other products they sell. But there’s an important question to ask: Does the popularity of pepper spray lead to people ignoring the potential issues that could come from having it or using it?
“Stand your ground,” one of the better known yet poorly understood self-defense policies, has received a lot of media and legal attention since its inception—most of which has been inaccurate or misconstrued.
If you’ve made the personal decision to invest in the concept of armed self-defense, whether concealed carry or open, with firearms or without, then you know how important it is to prepare yourself for unlikely, but important scenarios to stay safe. It’s, as they say, not the odds, but the stakes.
As a gun owner, you might be wondering if you should have some form of self-defense insurance. Whether you’ve been debating the pros and cons of getting coverage or are considering a new plan, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s consider the most common reasons you might need or want self-defense insurance.
The aftermath of a self-defense incident can be incredibly stressful. You may know based on what was going on at the time of the incident that the only way you could save your own life was to use force, but sometimes police or prosecutors may see things differently. It’s even possible that the details of the incident are just too ambiguous. Either way, good lawful people who need to use force to defend themselves, can end up arrested and even prosecuted, just for saving their own life or the life of someone they love.
American truckers have been the topic of many conversations over the last few years. Supply-chain issues caused by the global pandemic highlighted the vital role that truck drivers play in our society. Now, truck driver protests over mask mandates, vaccine requirements, general pandemic restrictions, and the overall state of the union have American truckers in the spotlight again.
No matter what time of year it is, college campuses can be difficult to navigate. With just a simple glance at the headlines, it’s obvious that college students are facing uncertainty and some unsafe situations. If you’re wondering what options you or your child have for self-defense on campus, you’ve come to the right place. These are the possible secondary defensive measures college students might be able to use on campus.