Friday, 27 January 2012

Trinidad and Tobago Pepper-Spray Law

Q: Is it illegal to carry pepper-spray in Trinidad and Tobago?



A: Yes it is. According to Section 2 of the Firearms Act 1970, a "prohibited weapon" includes "any weapon of whatever description or design which is adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas or other thing."

While myself and others think legalising pepper-spray (to be used ONLY for SELF-DEFENCE) is an excellent idea -especially for the protection of women- Trinidad and Tobago along with many other countries in the world continue to keep it illegal.

Despite the illegality of the product, many women still carry it, with the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, endorsing its use by women for their protection against rapists.


N.B: Mace is not an alternative to Pepper-Spray; instead, it is the name of the company that invented it and remains the market leader.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

This country is retarded.

Sir sheamus said...

I'm sure coming again to construe these articles and blogs
Womens self defense spray

Anonymous said...

should be legal especially how the crime here is, but then agian these demons would use it as well to commit their crimes, we need some real strict laws regarding rape & murder here, hope these physcopaths know that they going to be in hell after they die for eternity.

Connor Bowbeer said...

Does this include the self defence sprays that contain dye?

Trinbago Rights said...

Yes, I believe they contain the same thing.

Anonymous said...

trinidad has no sense

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Anonymous said...

what can be done to get this ridiculous law changed ? because pepper spray is a great defence weapon not only against human attackers but also dangerous dogs(according to animal planet)

Anonymous said...

WHATIS THE PENALTY FOR HAVING PEPPER SPRAY?

Trinbago Rights said...

Have a look at Section 6(3)(a) of the Act.

David said...

There has been a proposal by Minister Griffith to legalise the use of this non-lethal, safe means of non contact self defence for law-abiding citizens ( link to article from the Guardian Newspaper)

http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2014-02-22/griffith-looks-make-pepper-spray-legal

My question is, are there any other forms of legal, non contact methods of self defence for the general public

Anonymous said...

Can you tell me anything about walking sticks? I assume regular ones are legal. However one can purchase walking sticks/canes with a knife at the end or even a sword concealed within. Would this be legal in Trinidad as a self defense weapon?

Trinbago Rights said...

Of course not!

OleoresinCapsicum said...

What's the status of this issue? Still Illegal i guess.