Legal Question in Civil Litigation in New Mexico

What age is it legal to buy and carry pepper spray? I'm 17 and go out alone a lot and there tend to be a lot of violent and plain strange people where I live.

Asked on 3/14/13, 5:46 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Charles Aspinwall Charles S. Aspinwall, J.D., LLC

Pepper spray is a non-lethal deterrent. It is not regulated by law relative to age. It is legal for a minor to possess this substance and the device used to contain it, provided it is used legally for self-defense, and not as an aggressive tool. New Mexico does not have a law against the possession of capcasium substances, although if used in an illegal manner or for an illegal purpose, there are other laws which could come into play.

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Answered on 3/14/13, 6:14 pm


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