Should I buy a stun gun or pepper spray? I have heard this question asked time and time again. Let’s look at some differences between these two self defense options.
- Legality: Stun guns are not legal in all states. There are some cities and states where they are considered illegal and you are not allowed to own one. Pepper Spray is legal in all 50 states. However, a number of cities and states have restrictions on sizes and strength of the pepper spray. Always make sure you know what restrictions your city and/or state has for both types of self defense.
- Concealment: Think about your concealment options. Most stun guns and pepper sprays are easily identifiable, but each type has disguised models available. Pepper sprays have models disguised as lipstick, pens, or keychains. Some stun gun models are made to look like cell phones, pens, or flashlights
- Price: Depending on what type you purchase, pepper spray is usually cheaper than stun guns. But most pepper spray has a shelf life of 2 to 3 years. Stun guns on the other hand, are powered by replaceable batteries so your stun gun will be around for years to come.
- Immobilization: Pepper Spray can be deployed from several feet away. And if shot in the face, your attacker could be disabled for 15 to 30 minutes. To effectively use a stun gun, you must be at least arms length away from your attacker. A stun guns stopping power is more effective than pepper spray but will only immobilize an attacker for approximately 3-7 minutes.
Both forms of self defense have been proven useful. You must weigh your options and make a decision that works best for you. Remember, you need to feel comfortable and confident on what you choose for self-defense. In every attack there will be shock and fear. That’s why you must have the confidence in your ability to use your stun gun or pepper spray. I hope this has shed some light on the top two non-lethal self defense weapons. Remember to stay alert and stay safe!
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