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Considered to be extremely effective, it has become quite handy for women the world over and they can use it to repel the actions of single or multiple attackers. It has worked wonders for civilians because when sprayed on the face of the attacker/s, it can cause intense pain for as long as 45 minutes including swelling and burning in the eyes. For civilians, pepper spray is restricted in a few states in the US and they are:
Thus was born the pepper spray. In modern times pepper spray is not just used by women world over for the purpose of self defense but, also for riot control, crowd control, and for providing defense against animals like dogs and bears. With so many varied and interesting uses, the history of pepper spray also makes for an interesting read. So if you want to known when the pepper spray actually came into existence, read on.
Massachusetts: In Massachusetts, civilians can only purchase certain types of defense sprays from a licensed Firearms Dealer within the state.
The canisters for this new type of pepper spray were larger than their DTA cousins and could hold at least three times more of the solution and were capable of being effective within a range of 3-15 feet.
There is even historical evidence of the use of chilies in Mexico that dates back to 7000 BC. According to the evidence collected, Mexican Indians were cultivating peppers in 5500 BC. Some of the types of pepper grown during that time include chiltecpin, jalapeno, ancho, paprika, serrano, cayenne pepper, as well as bell pepper in different colors. The fact about whether they used these different peppers for self-defense or as weapons of defense during those times is unknown.
In the early part of 2001, Sussex Police in the UK were armed with pepper sprays to fight miscreants and attackers. They trained 400 police personnel’s for using pepper sprays safely and effectively.
Washington D.C.: Civilians in this state have to first register possession of pepper spray with their local law enforcement agencies before they can use them.
Pepper spray is now endorsed and used by nearly every law enforcement agency throughout the U.S.A. and other countries around the world. More effective than Mace and Tear Gas, it seldom causes permanent injury when properly used in self-defense or as a neutralizing agent and has only temporary effects.
In the search for a non-lethal method of crowd control scientists produced pepper spray. Pepper spray was originally introduced in the U.S. in the 1980s by the Postal Service as a dog repellent. It was also used to defend against attacking bears and other animals.