Mace or Pepper Spray?
The world isn’t a safe place, in general. It’s dangerous out there and you never want to be caught off-guard with no protection. Pepper spray is a non-lethal, yet effective way to deter unwanted aggressors.
Depending on where you live, finding quality and affordable pepper spray near you may not be as easy as you think, because it’s not made available everywhere yet. And to add to that, some states have restrictions on the volume, types, and strength of pepper spray you can buy.
Luckily, with the great power of the internet, shopping for the best options in pepper spray are literally just a few clicks away, and can be mailed directly to your front door.
What’s the Difference Between Pepper Spray & Mace?
There is a lot of confusion on this and this is a question that comes up a lot because Mace has become synonymous with pepper spray. Kind of like Kleenex is synonymous with tissue paper, Jacuzzi with hot tubs, Crock-Pot with slow cookers and Chapstick with lip moisturizers.
With all of that being said, original Mace brand and pepper spray are actually two different defense products made from completely different active ingredients.
Mace is classified as an irritant and is more like tear gas than it is pepper spray. Mace does not cause temporary blindness, burning sensations or nausea like pepper spray does. And it may not work effectively on someone who is drunk or high on drugs.
Original Mace as we once knew it is not legal or made available in all states anymore. The Mace brand you know today is actually a product made from pepper spray, which is legal to sell and ship to most states. As mentioned previously, some states do have regulations. They are as follows:
New York: Animal repellents, including dog and bear pepper sprays, can be legally sold and shipped through online retailers. High decibel personal safety alarms also legal to carry and use. Traditional pepper spray sold in pharmacies and by licensed firearms dealers locally.
Massachusetts: Animal repellent pepper sprays are legal and can be purchased online. Traditional pepper sprays are only available through local licensed firearms dealers and cannot be purchased through online websites.
Michigan: Animal defense sprays and personal alarms can be legally purchased online. Other pepper spray products must be less than 35 grams (approx. 1.2oz) of product and 10% or less OC concentration. OC pepper sprays only. No UV dyes.
Wisconsin: Pepper spray only, no stronger than 10%. Safety features required. Weight allowed 15-60 grams.
California: Canisters must be less than 2.5 ounces.
Washington D.C.: Must register pepper spray possession with local law enforcement.
Be absolute sure you are following state laws and know your limits if you are living in any of the above listed states.
Mace as we once knew it in its tear gas form isn’t going to do you much good because you can’t even get ahold of it anymore, and if you do, it’s probably not even legal for you to use.
Pepper spray is far more effective and is allowed in most states now. Pepper spray, when used properly, targets the attacker’s respiratory system and forces their eyes closed. It causes an immediate overwhelming burning sensation that can last for up to an hour. A well targeted pepper spray to the face will subdue the would-be attacker and give you plenty of time to get away to safety.
And the good news is that Mace brand today actually makes some fine pepper spray products. Sabre is another popular brand that makes all kinds of different versions of pepper spray. Attach it to your keychain, carry in in your purse or pocket, or disguise it as lipstick! All of these options are available through Amazon today.