No Gun? What Are My Self-Defense Options?

No Gun? What Are My Self-Defense Options?

Pepper spray mace and tasers, oh my!

Watch Texas LawShield Independent Program Attorney Edwin Walker break down the legality of using non-knife or non-firearm weapons for self-defense in Texas.

 

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11 comments on “No Gun? What Are My Self-Defense Options?

  1. Great clarification. Thanks

  2. Thanks for your advice on the use of non-lethal defensive devices such as pepper spray and tasers. Your law updates and the “Texas Gun Law” publication you offer helps keep me up-to-date on exercising my CHL/LTC privileges.

  3. You state that we can use pepper spray if we use a small canister. We can not use a spray like the Police use. I do not know what the police carry. Can you give me a size, by stating the ounces we can carry? OR can’t carry.

    • Hi Steven. Thanks for your question! Please see the below response from one of our Independent Program Attorneys here in Texas.

      “The statute says that the chemical dispensing device must be a “small chemical dispenser sold commercially for personal protection.” Since there is no specific number of ounces for “small”, this means that the important part is that it is sold commercially. If you bought it at a store or on the internet from a reputable commercial site, then it is legal.”

  4. What if you use a can of Wasp or Hornet spray as a defensive deterrent? It isn’t a weapon designed to be used for defense however it would be effective in my opinion. (not sure if you answer questions and would like an answer)

    • Hi Freddy. Thanks for your question! Please see the below response from one of our Independent Program Attorneys here in Texas.

      “In a time of need, anything can be used as a weapon. Texas LawShield covers the use of all possible weapons for self-defense. This would include the use of wasp spray as a defensive weapon.”

  5. Are tomahawks and Bowie knives legal to carry in Texas?

    • Hi Dale. Thanks for your question! Please see the below response from one of our Independent Program Attorneys here in Texas.

      “As of September 1, 2017, Bowie knives are legal to carry in Texas. However, tomahawks are specifically defined as clubs under Texas Penal Code Section 46.01(1) and therefore it is a crime to carry one anyplace that is not either property under your control or a motor vehicle or boat under your control.”

  6. I work in a private club that is not posted, but, is registered as over 75% alcohol. Since I cannot carry a firearm, what type of knife am I able to carry there.

    • Hi Tom. Thanks for your question! Please see the below response from one of our Independent Program Attorneys here in Texas.

      “As of September 1, 2017, in the State of Texas, you can carry any knife that has a blade that is 5 ½ inches or less. A knife with a blade over 5 ½ inches cannot be carried into a place that receives 51% of its revenue from the sale of alcohol for on-premises consumption.”

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