Code of the District of Columbia

§ 7–2502.13. Possession of self-defense sprays.

(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of § 7-2501.01(7)(C), a person may possess and use a self-defense spray in the exercise of reasonable force in defense of the person or the person’s property only if it is propelled from an aerosol container, labeled with or accompanied by clearly written instructions as to its use, and dated to indicate its anticipated useful life.

(b) No person shall possess a self-defense spray which is of a type other than that specified in §§ 7-2502.12 to 7-2502.14.


(Sept. 24, 1976, D.C. Law 1-85, title II, § 213; as added Mar. 17, 1993, D.C. Law 9-244, § 2, 40 DCR 647; May 16, 1995, D.C. Law 10-255, § 10(b), 41 DCR 5193; May 19, 2017, D.C. Law 21-281, § 2(b), 64 DCR 1648.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 6-2323.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(b) of Stun Gun Regulation Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-31, Mar. 27, 2017, 64 DCR 3084).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(b) of Stun Gun Regulation Emergency Amendment Act of 2016 (D.C. Act 21-630, Jan. 24, 2017, 64 DCR 907).