Is procurement and possession of tear gas for self-defense purposes legal?

Asked on October 7, 2011 under Criminal Law, Virginia


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The possession of tear gas by an individual who is not in law enforcement or in the armed forces and its lawfulness varies from state to state in this country. You will need to do an online search whether you can possess tear gas for self-defense purposes in the state you live in as an individual. Most likely the answer is that you cannot.

Many states do allow individuals to possess and use

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