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Old 09-18-2011, 09:28 PM
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There's a place down in the Village where I got mine, right after there were a bunch of rapes in Upper Manhattan this summer. I'd had an older canister that someone gave to me but I decided to get a fresh one just in case--it's attached to my keys so as soon as I get out of the subway stop, it's in my hand and visible. I think it's also good as a deterrent--whether or not you actually use it, your typical thug who sees a single female who is carrying something like that is more likely to pass her on by. Muggers and rapists avoid someone who look as though they're going to put up a fight, make it not easy.

Anyway, I got it at this place:

Uncle Sam's Army Navy Outfitters - Greenwich Village - New York, NY

They didn't have me fill anything out, although I did use a credit card.
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:56 AM
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your dreaming if you think thats going to be a deterrant. in fact you will be lucky if the wind isnt just right and your blinded by it. those little sprayers are very hard to deploy as well unless its already in your hand and the odds of that are also quite low . in stressful situations even getting the little canister oriented in the right position is near impossible. it also doesnt work on everyone and requires pin point accuaracy to be effective..

if it makes you feel better than carry it but its a false sense of security. heres some interesting reading on the subject


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Old 09-19-2011, 08:02 AM
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Many pharmacies sell pepper spray. It's not that hard to find.

Buying Force Spray, Pepper Spray in NY New York State NYC Law
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Old 09-19-2011, 12:54 PM
Location: Houston, TX
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Yea Pepper Spray is useless. A worried female would be better off carrying a small razor in her pocket or attending some self-defense classes.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:53 PM
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You can easily buy them at any Army and Nevy stores in NY. No q asked. No hassle. It costs between 12 to 25$. Just stop by and ask them. They'll be happy to show you verity of options,sizes,and colors. I just bought
for my gf yesterday. good luck.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:59 PM
Location: NYC
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Old 02-29-2012, 02:46 AM
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in nyc without a copy of the proper form from an authorized seller it can be a criminal offense carrying it. i would guess at misdemeanor.
while animal sprays are allowed in from anywhere the problem is they are larger than pocket size and cant be carried concealled. they require a belt holster usually .

"New York State Penal Law
Exemption of Weapons Law 265.
Sale of "self-defense spray device"

Section 265.20

14. Possession in accordance with the provisions of this paragraph of a self-defense spray device as defined herein for the protection of a person or property and use of such self-defense spray device under circumstances which would justify the use of physical force pursuant to article thirty-five of this chapter.
(a) As used in this section "self-defense spray device" shall mean a pocket sized spray device which contains and releases a chemical or organic substance which is intended to produce temporary physical discomfort or disability through being vaporized or otherwise dispensed in the air or any like device containing pepper or similar disabling agent.
(b) The exemption under this paragraph shall not apply to a person who:
(i) is less than eighteen years of age; or
(ii) has been previously convicted in this state of a felony or any assault; or
(iii) has been convicted of a crime outside the state of New York which if committed in New York would constitute a felony or any assault crime.
(c) The department of health, with the cooperation of the division of criminal justice services and the superintendent of state police, shall develop standards and promulgate regulations regarding the type of self- defense spray device which may lawfully be purchased, possessed and used pursuant to this paragraph. The regulations shall include a requirement that every self-defense spray device which may be lawfully purchased, possessed or used pursuant to this paragraph have a label which states:

"WARNING: The use of this substance or device for any purpose other than self-defense is a criminal offense under the law. The contents are dangerous - use with care. This device shall not be sold by anyone other than a licensed or authorized dealer. Possession of this device by any person under the age of eighteen or by anyone who has been convicted of a felony or assault is illegal."
15. Possession and sale of a self-defense spray device as defined in paragraph fourteen of this subdivision by a dealer in firearms licensed pursuant to section 400.00 of this chapter, a pharmacist licensed pursuant to article one hundred thirty-seven of the education law or by such other vendor as may be authorized and approved by the superintendent of state police.
(a) Every self-defense spray device shall be accompanied by an insert or inserts which include directions for use, first aid information, safety and storage information and which shall also contain a toll free telephone number for the purpose of allowing any purchaser to call and receive additional information regarding the availability of local courses in self-defense training and safety in the use of a self-defense spray device.
(b) Before delivering a self-defense spray device to any person, the licensed or authorized dealer shall require proof of age and a sworn statement on a form approved by the superintendent of state police that such person has not been convicted of a felony or any crime involving an assault. Such forms shall be forwarded to the division of state police at such intervals as directed by the superintendent of state police. Absent any such direction the forms shall be maintained on the premises of the vendor and shall be open at all reasonable hours for inspection by any peace officer or police officer, acting pursuant to his or her special duties. No more than two self-defense spray devices may be sold at any one time to a single purchaser.

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Old 02-29-2012, 07:46 AM
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I was once pepper sprayed in the bus from a very close distance. I stumbled off the bus at the next stop and called 911 because I was temporarily almost blind it also burned like hell. I was completely incapable of doing anything just sitting there and waiting for the ambulance. At the ER room they did a good job altough I have a somewhat distorted memory of the actual treatment. But I remember the young doctor consulted an eye care specialist over the phone. I remember a nurse whiping my eyes with some tissues maybe it's possible that I got some medication orally also. I've heard that sometimes they pour milk in your eyes.

A guy who has worked in the security field told me that there's always the possibility some might get an allergic reaction from the spray and your're in for a whole lot of legal hassle.

So all I can say is that pin pointed accurately from a close distance it worked atleast on me.

I've also heard those stories that on some "it doesn't just work they get even crazier" but without providing anything of substance to back up this claim.

According to studies the big cans meant for bears works very well on an angered Grizzly if pin pointed right. So remember to buy one of those if you visit Yellowstone National Park, or Black Bears upstate.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:51 PM
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I bought mine at Goldberger's Pharmacy on 65th and 1st. It was $18, and yes, I did have to show ID and fill out the little card.

I bought mine when there was a mugger targeting women at night on the UES last winter. I got all freaked out about it, then realized that I am not a likely target...I carry myself well, walk quickly and am aware of my surroundings, and look like I'll put up a hell of a fight (which I would). If you look 3 feet to my right, there is some dumb 22 year old falling drunkenly out of her shoes. I relaxed a bit, although I still keep it in my pocket and if someone makes me uncomfy, I put my hand in my pocket pre-emptively.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:36 AM
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DF Brothers Sporting Goods in Brooklyn carries it
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