These Self Defense Tools May Be Illegal Where You Live

These Self Defense Tools May Be Illegal Where You Live

( – Every day the news provides examples of why it’s important that everyone knows the basics of self-defense. There are several tools you can use to defend yourself, ranging from nonlethal pepper spray to deadly firearms. Not all are legal to carry everywhere, however. Here are some facts you may want to look into before purchasing.


You may be wondering how on Earth knives made the list of tools that may be illegal in your state. Well, while knives are completely legal to buy in all 50 states, there are some exceptions to certain types of knives. Be sure to check local and state laws if you own any of these:

  • Ballistic knives
  • Bowie knives
  • Dirks
  • Machetes
  • Oriental darts
  • Razors
  • Switchblades

Stun Guns

Stun guns are a great addition to your everyday carry equipment, some even doubling as flashlights. Unfortunately, in Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin, owning one of these tools may result in legal trouble. In addition to the several states that outlaw stun guns, there are several cities in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Philadelphia and Crawford County, Iowa that have their own restrictions.

Extendable Batons

In the right hands, these weapons can be dangerous, making them effective for self-defense. You can neutralize an attacker and get away, if you use them correctly and don’t overdo it. In addition, there are no federal restrictions on batons and very few states outlaw them. Nevertheless, if you live in California, Massachusetts, New York or Washington, D.C. you’re going to need to find an alternate self-defense tool.

What you can use to protect yourself may be lurking in your shed or perhaps in your backyard; you just need to know what to look for. Or you may even be carrying it with you already and not even know it!

Did you know that these self-defense tools were illegal in some states? Are any of them illegal where you live? Reply to your email and let us know, we would love to hear from you!

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