#1: OC Spray
First, OC spray or pepper spray. OC spray is legal in Pennsylvania. It is capable of concealment, and you’re not required to have a license to carry a firearm in order to do carry it. OC spray can be in the possession of anyone regardless of age or background. There are only a few places, such as schools and courthouses, where you cannot legally possess OC spray. Most importantly, it gives you a very effective method to stand-off an attacker when the use of force is justified, but deadly force is not.
#2: Tasers and stun guns
Another less-than-lethal weapon that you can legally carry in Pennsylvania is a taser or stun gun. However, you can only carry them when possessed solely for the purpose of self-defense. A stun gun is a device that is designed to temporarily immobilize or incapacitate a person by means of electric pulse or current. Stun guns are lawful to be possessed by a person of any age. However, in the city of Philadelphia, you must be at least 18 years of age to have a stun gun. Further, under Pennsylvania law, if you are a person prohibited from possessing, owning, or transferring a firearm, you are also prohibited from possessing a stun gun, for any reason.
#3: The Best non-lethal weapon
Finally, the best non-deadly weapon you can possess is common sense and situational awareness. In many instances, your best bet may be simply to back away from the situation and get away. No sense in inviting trouble into your life if you don’t have to.
For any questions regarding non-lethal weapons in Pennsylvania, call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to your Independent Program Attorney.