Michigan Pepper Spray Laws – Updated

Almost three years ago, we published an article on Michigan Pepper Spray laws. Recently we have received more current information that clarifies information in that article. Michigan is one state that has very specific laws regarding civilian use of pepper spray. According to the State of Michigan website, carrying pepper spray is legal as long as the pepper spray solution contains no more than 10% oleoresin capsicum (pepper spray) and is used only to protect yourself or your property in a situation that would justify using physical force.

A common misconception, according to the Michigan State Police and legislature, is that the clause indicating that the 35 gram/1.2 oz canister limit applies to pepper spray. The 35 gram/1.2 canister limit concentration applies only to orthochlorobenzalmalononitrile, which is tear gas.

Michigan imposes three other important restrictions:

  • penIn Michigan, according the Attorney General, it is illegal for civilians to carry tear gas and mace (CN gas).
  • Mixtures of CN and CS gases are illegal, but tear gasses that contain only CS gas are permitted.
  • Although pepper spray can be purchased online, it is illegal to sell pepper spray to a minor.

gelIf you live in Michigan, Safety Girl offers some great Mace Pepper Sprays. At under $15, the Mace Pen adheres to the 10% OC rule while flying under the radar. Another pepper spray at this price point is the Pepper Mace Defense Spray in leather pouch – adheres to laws in all 50 states. Mace’s Pepper Foam is also sold in 10% concentration. For ultimate protection, Mace’s 10% home gun and maritime gun both contain a gel formula that sprays further, burns hotter, and dyes the attacker for potential identification later. Although these pepper sprays are not as strong as some other pepper spray formulas, they are still effective when defending yourself against an attacker. The biggest difference between pepper spray that users will notice, is that the pepper spray effects wear off slightly sooner.

 

Pepper Sprays in Disguise

In addition to creating the most powerful pepper sprays, foams, and gels on the market, Mace carries a variety of special products to keep you protected in a variety of situations. At Safety Girl, you’ll find an unbeatable selection of Mace products at the best prices on the Internet!

Although many of Mace’s pepper sprays are designed to be extremely compact and easily concealed, Mace also offers a wide variety of disguised pepper spray products. These great products add an extra surprise factor to your attack because they don’t look like pepper sprays, or any self-defense mechanism.

Designed specifically for women, the Hot Pink Mace Pepper Spray will surprise any attacker because the container looks like an innocent pink lipstick tube. Featuring five ten-foot bursts of Mace’s maximum strength 10% pepper spray formula, this pepper spray in disguise will disguise and then ward off any attacker. This pepper spray offers a triple threat of power, disguise, and value.

The Mace Pen Defender will fool anyone because it doubles as a high quality ballpoint pen. Use it for writing, but upon removing the safety cap from the top of the pen, you’ll have the power to ward off an attacker with Mace’s ultimate 10% pepper spray formula. This pen is capable of spraying six five-foot bursts.

If you need a serious level of protection that parallels some law enforcement personnel, then Mace’s Triple Action Police is the product for you. Mace’s Triple Action formula features three self-defense mechanisms in one device: a powerful pepper spray formula that causes the eyes to slam shut and the throat to swell, tear gas causing disorientation and intense tearing, and invisible UV dye to mark attackers. Mace’s Tripe Threat Action Police contains ten sprays of up to twelve feet, a flip-top safety cap, finger-grip dispenser, and a belt clip and key chain for a perfect balance of power, safety, and ease of use. You’ll be making a small investment in one of the most powerful personal self-defense tools on the market.

Don’t Push Your Luck with a SafetyGirl!

By Denamarie Ercolani

Pepper SprayAt Safety Girl, we want women to be ready for any situation, whether it’s a ripped blouse or an uninviting man who just keeps pushing his luck. Recently, we introduced you to our latest product, Safety Girl’s Maximum Strength Pepper Spray. This small yet powerful canister projects a ballistic stream of maximum strength pepper spray into the eyes of any aggressor. If you miss him the first time, have no fear because the canister contains 25 potent shots.

So you’re probably sitting there reading this blog and thinking, “Okay, so you already encouraged me to buy the pepper spray, which I did, but how does it work? What does it really do to the attacker? How do I use it effectively? What happens if it gets into my eyes?”

Well, we have the answers for you.

The active ingredient in pepper spray, or mace, is Oleoresin of Capsicum (OC). This is an inflammatory agent that causes temporary blindness, due to intense pain, causing the automatic closing of the eyes. The effects last from 30 minutes to two hours. OC may cause permanent damage if sprayed from less than six feet. For attackers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they may feel minimal effects which may require you to continuously spray them in the eye. Before putting your pepper spray to use, practice utilizing it to avoid getting a face full yourself- which can be very counterproductive. When using the spray, make sure to aim for the attacker’s eyes, duck away to dodge any back spray, then, of course, run.

Pepper SprayIf the pepper spray inadvertently lands into your eyes, remain calm. Refrain from rubbing or touching the area affected. Pepper spray antidotes include milk, baking soda paste, or honey. Soap or detergent can help wash it away. To reduce the burning sensation, ice, cold water or a fan are most effective. Avoid applying oils to the irritated skin as this can trap the capsicum and lead to worsening burns and blistering.

When it comes to self-defense weapons such as pepper spray, they are most effective if already in hand and ready to use. It doesn’t help you if you have to rummage through your chaos of a purse when caught in a emergency situation. When walking alone in a parking lot, waiting for a train or bus on a dimly lit street corner or station, walking to your apartment, dormitory, or house, have it in your hand for quick and effective use.

Did you know that a woman is raped every 46 seconds in America? That’s 78 rapes each hour! Also, 75 percent of every rape is committed by a man that the victim knows. 25 percent of rapes take place in a public area or a parking garage. So be prepared with Safety Girl’s Maximum Strength Pink Pepper Spray.

Pandora’s Construction Box

Last month you were introduced to my small world. So far we have Mo, my mom who has moved to independent living. We have me, who will be updating the old farmhouse. We have my BF Andy, who lives with his two daughters, Lucy and Grace, about five miles from my house. We all live about 1-2 hours away from where I work (depending on traffic) at Online Stores. Construction GearDiscount Safety Gear, and SafetyGirl are the stores whose products I will be using during the farmhouse reboot. While Lucy and Grace fight over who gets to test the Mace pepper spray guns, I root through my box of goodies and try to sort out what I will be using on what room. Soon I will start in the bathroom and walk you through some of my projects with featured products, but since I opened Pandora’s box of construction and safety stuff, I took some photos and have some thoughts to share on a few products before I start.

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20140726_101018My sister is a nut for keeping her body pure. Since my dad died early of cancer from working hard as a construction foreman all his life despite a squeaky-clean lifestyle, I wanted to reassure her that I will not be breathing anything harmful. This respirator is only $13.31 and is very easy to assemble and use. There are also additional cartridges and filters to extend the life of this mask. It is comfortable, adjusts well, and was easy to breathe in. I will be using this when I use solvents and other chemicals.

20140801_192656Andy was with me when I opened the safety glasses. I got a couple pair because I couldn’t believe how attractive they all are. I’m middle-aged and I absolutely love the bifocals. All of these glasses double as sunglasses. I know I work for this company and am supposed to say nice things about the products, but honestly, it is so easy. The Edge Kazbek pair sells for only $11.09. They are ANSI compliant, they block UV, and they look killer on. Andy, who wears safety glasses daily (he manages operations at a steel mill), tried on the Edge Reclus and said they were by far more comfortable than any other pair he’s worn, and would be great to wear for biking, too. The bridge is made of flexible notched rubber to seat properly without pinching. I bet these go missing from my house…

One 20140726_130824last item I dug out of the box while I still had enough energy to use them: shoe cleats. I put these on my lawnmowing shoes, as there is a hillside behind the house. They looked kind of small out of the package but stretched nicely to cover the shoe, and stay there. They were light. My feet dug into the dirt while I mowed the slopes. I am thinking they are going with me to the golf course and will be great in the winter, too.

That’s it. I’ve introduced the stores, the house, the key players, andsome products. I have no more excuses not to dig in!

Pepper Guns and Chocolate Cookies

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In the spirit of campus safety education, I brought a Mace ® gun set to wonder twins Lucy and Grace over the weekend. You recall from our “Meet SafetyGirl” chat that these are the daughters of my boyfriend – we’ll call him Andy, suits him well. For safety’s sake I left the “live” mace cartridges at my house. Even though the water cartridges are color-coded blue and the mace, red, I didn’t want any accidents or on-purposes. While the girls baked the world’s best chocolate cookies with their friend Kay, their dad and I checked the units over. The guns have some heft that makes them pleasing in the hands, and the light illuminates with each pull of the trigger, as promised. The safety and cartridge release levers slid easily. Looked simple enough. Andy had the grand idea of setting up a scenario with one of the girls in a hoodie and one wielding the gun – brilliant! I have learned through age that what we plan and what we get are two very different things, and I have learned through this family that most of the time, that is a very good thing. However, not so much in this case. The plans went out the French doors with the girls when they ran out with the guns, anxious to learn. Their fatal flaw: they left the hot, gooey, chocolate cookies behind.

20140803_185649The devoted dad showed them how to open the guns to insert the water cartridges, which is pretty easy and intuitive. The triggers were a little stiff on the pull, and the water cartridges only lasted for about 8 brief squirts (or 2 or 3 long streams). Having the water cartridges for practice was great because the guns shot high. An aim at the heart on these units would take the mace to the attacker’s eyes. It is highly suggested that if you buy the Mace ® gun, that you also get enough water cartridges to be comfortable using the gun, should you ever need the actual mace. The shootout was over far too soon with just one cartridge per girl; because Andy and I didn’t want to waste the cartridge learning the gun ourselves, we had a pretty high learning curve on getting the nozzle seated right and how long each blast should last.

20140804_105705-EFFECTSMy personal recommendation is to definitely have two practice water cartridges for each person – one to learn the loading and feel of the aim, and another one to get comfortable with it. I would also recommend doing the same two-cartridge routine every year so if you ever do need to use the gun on an attacker (we hope not!), you aren’t going in rusty.

Both the Mace ® gun and refill kits are available on SafetyGirl.

The good news is, I start my week off with two of the best cookies I’ve ever had.

(Afterward: Evidently the cookies vanished overnight. Andy and I did not eat them all, though we wanted to! When I heard they were gone, I was very glad I stole two. )