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I'm a college student in Boston and I'm frequently walking around the city after dark. Is it legal for me to buy mace or pepper spray for my protection, or is it illegal. I see it is sold on the Internet. Thank you for any help you can offer.

 
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Editor's Response

You can buy pepper spray and mace, but Massachusetts is one of the few states that actually restrict sales of mace and pepper spray.  Accordingly, you can only make the purchase from a licensed firearms dealer in Massachusetts.  You also must obtain a Firearms Identification Card.  Call your local police department for more information or review Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140, Section 129B.  For more information or to post a questions, visit our MA Criminal Law Discussion Forum.

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