Are Mace Defense Sprays Legal?
States Where We Cannot Ship a Mace Defense Spray
New York: You can buy a defense spray in pharmacies and from licensed firearms dealers in the state of NY. However, animal pepper spray such as Mace Muzzle Dog Spray and Mace Bear Spray are legal to order online.
Massachusetts: You can buy a defense spray from a licensed firearms dealer in the state of MA. However, animal pepper sprays such as Mace Muzzle Dog Spray and Mace Bear Spray are legal to order online.
If you live in one of these states and want to buy Mace from us, please provide an alternate shipping address when you place your order.
If you are unsure of the restriction in your area, check with your local law enforcement for specific laws regarding the possession and use of Mace defense spray products.
What Is a Mace Defense Spray?
MACE is a brand name and is a registered trade name for the brand of defense sprays manufactured by Mace Security International. A Mace brand defense spray either contains OC pepper with a UV marking dye or OC pepper, tear gas, and a UV marking dye. Click below on a few of the MACE defense sprays we carry.
History Of Mace
Mace has been around for defense against crime, since 1965. It was invented by a man named Allan Lee Litman after his wife, Doris, was threatened on the streets of Pittsburg.
In 1987, Chemical Mace was sold to Smith & Wesson and manufactured by their Lake Erie Chemical division. Smith & Wesson subsequently transferred ownership to Jon E. Goodrich along with the rest of the chemical division in what is now Mace Security International.
The original formulation of MACE consisted of 1% phenacyl chloride (CN) in a solvent of 2-butanol, propylene glycol, cyclohexene, and dipropylene glycol methyl ether. Though the design has been expanded on, the original Chemical Mace formula using only CN has been discontinued and replaced by OC formulas, although Mace Security International still retains a popular “Triple Action” formula combining CN, OC and an ultraviolet marker dye.
Patterns of Mace Sprays
Forced Cone – best for most situations. A fine mist spray at a distance of 8-12 feet with minimum blow-back on to you. Blow-back can however be a problem in a mild breeze and uncontrollable in a strong wind.
Broken Stream/Heavy Stream – very effective for hitting multiple targets (or in the dark), can be fanned for covering wider area. Provides heaviest blast, but cans will empty quicker. Range normally 15-20 feet, not affected by breezes and winds as much as fog and cone sprays.
Fogger – very good against multiple attackers and home use, due to the barrier effect of the fog. Can however be some blow-back, which would contaminate you, especially if used outside in strong winds. This would still be minimal compared to the amount the attacker would receive. Most foggers have a range of 15-20 feet.
Foam – very good blow-back protection and immediate saturation, even in windy conditions. This thick, sticky foam works instantly on the attacker.
Gels – outperforms conventional sprays by delivering extreme stopping power that blindfolds an attacker with reduced blow back from wind. The Gel Stream Technology sticks for a prolonged immobilization of an attacker.
How Should Mace Sprays Be Used?
If you have to use your Mace spray in self defense, make sure that you have some distance between you and your attacker(s) if possible (you don’t want the spray to affect you). Aim the spray at the eyes and facial region of the threat, then release a 1 to 2 second burst of spray. After you have done this move away, but watch the attacker(s) carefully as you do so. By watching the reactions of your attacker(s) you will be able to tell if a further burst of spray is required. REMEMBER spray and move, spray and move. Once the threat has been incapacitated seek help and call the police.
Shelf Life And Testing Of A Mace Defense Spray Product
Most Mace sprays have a shelf life of 3-4 years although some expire after two years. The expiry date should be marked on the canister. Any use of the spray beyond the expiry date is highly unadvisable.
Mace spray should be tested by firing with half second bursts, both after purchase and then on a regular basis of every 60-90 days. Testing must always be done outside with any wind blowing from behind you.