Pepper spray is an item commonly recommended for self-defence as it has the ability to immediately incapacitate an attacker. Often promoted on online forums and regularly shown in movies and shows, it is generally accepted as a staple in many personal protection toolkits.
That doesn't mean, however, that it is a safe, or legal item to carry. The problem with any weapon carried for self-defence is that it can easily be turned against you, but some items bring larger risks than others.
In this article we'll be exploring the legality of carrying pepper spray in Australia, as well as alternative self-defence strategies.