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QLD Is Pepper Spray or Mace Spray Legal in Australia?

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by ikaros, 1 September 2014.

  1. ikaros

    ikaros Member

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    I really wish to know as I am an 18 year old girl who has to walk fairly large distances to and from my bus stop to get to my University for a full-time study, and often there is fights near me, or people yelling things out to me, or people even starting on any males such as my boyfriend who will walk with me past these areas.
    But I'm beginning to get a little bit tired of depending on men to "protect me" when all I'm trying to do is walk to school.
    I've messaged 2 sellers online to find this out and 1 said he would sell and ship to me, while the other said that pepper spray or mace spray is specifically illegal to ship outside of US.
    Is it or is it not legal, and if it isn't, how can I acquire some personal protection of my own?
     
  2. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer

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    Those are not an option in Queensland.
    The thing about carrying any kind of personal defence device
    is that unless you are well skilled in how to use it,
    you risk it being taken from you and used back on you.
     
  3. ikaros

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    Okay thank you, so that means they are both illegal then yes? Man, this sucks.
     
  4. John R

    John R Well-Known Member

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    Hi @ikaros
    I agree with @Tim W and understand that pepper spray, mace, etc. is illegal in Queensland under the Weapons Act 1990 (Qld), specifically as a Category R Weapon under the Weapons Categories Regulation 1997 (Qld), because it falls within the definition of:
    The minimum penalty for possession offences under the Weapons Act is generally one year imprisonment/jail.
    As an alternative to pepper spray or mace, you may consider a "personal alarm" type device such as this device sold at Dick Smith.

    Hope this helps.
     
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