Pepper Spray

This class covers the use of pepper spray for civilian self defense. Not every defensive problem warrants a lethal response (guns, knives, etc.) and OC/pepper spray can be a good option for people who want a non-lethal/less-lethal* tool available or for those who live in areas where firearm concealed carry permits are generally unavailable.

Self defense topics (with thanks to Rory Miller)
The legal and ethical aspects of force

Violence and crime dynamics

Avoidance and de-escalation

Breaking the freeze

The fight itself

The medical, legal and emotional aftermath

Pepper spray-specific topics
Safety orientation
What pepper spray is and does
What it isn’t and doesn’t do
Carry options
Deployment & environmental factors
Contamination risks & decontamination
Practice shots with inert training canisters, in different environments if the facility allows

* We use the term “non-lethal” as defined by the United States Department of Defense – which does not mean the weapon cannot cause death, but that it is not intended to be fatal, and in most cases is not. Non-lethal weapons are defined as “weapons that are explicitly designed and primarily employed so as to incapacitate personnel or material, while minimizing fatalities, permanent injury to personnel, and undesired damage to property and the environment.”

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