Not a day goes by without a question from our customers or web passers-by: Is pepper spray legal in NY? Is pepper spray illegal in NY? Is Mace legal in NYC? where can I buy pepper spray in Manhattan? etc, etc, etc.
We’ve compiled a short Q&A post to answer all these questions at once.
Please read the disclaimer too.
Disclaimer: we are not lawyers and do not dispense legal advice. We are not interpreting any laws either, we just explaining our own operating procedures and how the laws, we are aware of, affected them. Laws and regulations change all the time and certain things written here now (06/25/2008) may become obsolete later. So we advise you strongly to contact your local Police Department or other local authority and ask them about current legal situation in your locality. Please do.
Q. Is pepper spray and mace legal in New York (NY)?
A. YES, pepper spray IS indeed legal in the state of NY.
Since Mace is just a brand of pepper sprays, Mace is legal in NY as well.
Some visitors insist in asking the same question in the negative:
Q. Is pepper spray illegal in NY? Is Mace illegal in NY?
For them the answer is:
A. Pepper sprays are not illegal in the state of New York, Mace spray is not illegal in NY either.
Q. What are the pepper spray (or Mace) laws in the state of NY?
A. The law we are aware of regulates only the purchase and sale of self-defense sprays in the state of New York. In brief, the law requires that sale of defensive sprays within NY state is performed by special authorized dealers only; such dealers should perform the background check on buyers; sales to felons are prohibited etc. For complete details see the legal definition here.
Q. Where can I buy pepper spray in New York, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Rochester, Albany, NY (the list goes on…)?
A. We do not have a list of authorized dealers in NY state but we have a couple of tips for you:
- You might want to try calling hunting supplies stores, sports and outdoors, and, surprise-surprise: local neighborhood pharmacies. A licensed pharmacist could be an authorized dealer.
- Don’t call big chain pharmacies, call your small friendly drugstore on the corner.
Q. Why don’t you ship defensive sprays to New York, NY?
A. You are correct: Pepper Spray Center (or any other company) may not ship defensive sprays to a NY state address because this would violate the law mentioned above. Such orders of Pepper sprays to a New York state address will be stopped and will not be shipped, no exceptions.
Q. Are there any other pepper sprays that can be shipped to NY?
A. Excellent question! Yes, Mace Dog spray (Canine repellent/repellant spray) and Bear spray can be shipped to New York.
You can buy animal repellent sprays here. This situation may change at any time.
Disclaimer: we are not lawyers and are not dispensing legal advice. We are not interpreting any laws either, we just explaining our own operating procedures and how laws we are aware of affected them. Laws and regulations change all the time and certain things written here now may become obsolete later. So we advise you strongly to contact your local Police Department or other local authority and ask them about current legal situation in your locality. Please do.