- Pepper spray is a chemical, often used for self defense because it irritates the eyes to cause temporary blindness.
- It’s legal to carry in New York, but can only be sold through authorized sellers to buyers over 18 with no felony convictions.
- To purchase pepper spray, you will need to sign a form that is provided to the authorities.
Difficulty: Moderately easy
Information sources: Manufacturer and retailer websites
Note: Due to the pandemic, many retailers have service restrictions. We recommend calling ahead.
List of retailers that carry pepper spray in NYC
- Arrow Army Navy, 2440 Jerome Ave., 718-773-4967
- Brother’s Police Store, 3013 Webster Ave, 718-933-0270
- F&J Police Equipment, 378 E 161st St., 718-665-4535
- Frank’s Sports Shop, 430 E. Tremont Ave., (718) 229-9628
- Paul’s Police Equipment, 2630 E. Tremont Ave., 718-597-0480
- AD Meyers Uniform, 63 Flatbush Ave., 718-855-4018
- D.F. Brothers Sports Center, 7919 New Utrecht Ave, 718-259-5206
- Ever Ready First Aid, 10101 Foster Ave, 800-347-3494
- Jo-Paul’s Enterprise, 105-02 Jamaica Ave., Richmond Hill, 718-849-3861
- K Uniforms, 113-19 Jamaica Ave., Richmond Hill, 800-849-4943
- Russo’s Pharmacy, 1909 Cornaga Ave., Far Rockaway, 718-327-7027
- Tent & Trails, 21 Park Place, 212-227-1760
- Esco Drug Company, Inc., 687 9th Ave, (212) 246 8169 or (212) 246-0549
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