Under current legislation it is illegal to own and carry weapons such as pepper spray, pepper spray projectiles, and stun batons. The proposal here put forward requests the legalisation of such devices.
The current restrictions on such matters makes it difficult for law abiding citizens to protect themselves and their loved ones from harm at the hands of those who hold no such respect for the law. Knives and other lethal weapons are illegal for citizens to own and carry, and yet in recent years this has not prevented blade-related crime, stabbings, and deaths caused by such weapons.
Current self defence legislation puts law abiding citizens in a rather helpless position: the law prevents them from carrying anything which may be classed as an offensive weapon, even if its only intent is for defensive purposes, and yet the only thing this accomplishes is to put the advantage in the hands of criminals who have the means at their disposal to thwart and avoid such regulations. Despite their best efforts, it is simply not possible or realistic to expect law enforcement agencies to completely eradicate this problem.
Legalise the right to own and bear non lethal weapons for personal use in threatening situations, such as
- Pepper spray canisters.
- Low potency stun batons and related devices.
- Possibly projectile based weapons armed with non lethal ammunition, i.e pepper spray projectiles.
Why is this idea important?
Provide an effective means for law abiding citizens to defend themselves and their loved ones without necessity of breaking the law. Let it be noted that the proposal solely covers non lethal weapons. In extremely threatening circumstances, these could make the difference between life, and death.
Act as a deterrent to predators, assault, rape, and other forms of serious crime.