Should pepper spray be legalised in the UK?

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Should non-lethal or 'less-lethal' weapons such as pepper spray and tazors be legalised for the purpose of self defence in the UK?
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Yep!
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Yes. Better than nothing and it's bound to cause less controversy.
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No, if they were legalised then criminals would just use them to rob or burgle more people
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They're not even legal in warzones lol, the fact they're considered legal and appropriate for use by police forces on civilians is bizarre to begin with. Why would you then want even MORE people to be able to use them???
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I'd use them to pepper spray all my colleagues so we wouldn't have to open during a pandemic
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No.
I believe that handguns and most firearms should be legal in Britain for adults with no criminal records or mental health issues.
I don't believe that pepper spray or any type of tasers should be legal for anyone including the police, intelligence operatives or the military.
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Pepper spray, yes.
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Yes. Better than nothing and it's bound to cause less controversy.
Pepper spray and tasers are often the cause of more controversy than guns or knives.
A 4 year old girl who went to the same primary school as me died in the playground after being tasered by an older child who had brought in an illegal disguised device.
I have met rape survivors who ended up in intensive care on a ventilator a few hours after being incapacitated with pepper spray.
I'd prefer nothing if the alternatives had to be tasers or pepper spray.
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No, imagine being mugged and pepper sprayed at the same time.
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No.
I believe that handguns and most firearms should be legal in Britain for adults with no criminal records or mental health issues.
I don't believe that pepper spray or any type of tasers should be legal for anyone including the police, intelligence operatives or the military.
So you support lethal weapons but not less lethal?

Please explain that logic.
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So you support lethal weapons but not less lethal?

Please explain that logic.
My opinions on guns are controversial and not shared by most people in Britain or the usa.

I was shown how to handle semiautomatic and automatic firearms before I was 15.
I was trained how to fire a gun loaded with bullets capable of killing at 4 by a businessman whose three daughters travelled to school in England with bodyguards.
All three of them now have licenced firearms with the aim of defending themselves from terrorists, sexual predators or felons for hire.

I keep legal guns in my home for the purpose of encouraging unwanted visitors who I avoid like the plague to keep out of my home and as a means of protecting myself from trespassing intruders.
I have found the deterrent to be highly effective, particularly in relation to NRA obsessed american exes who have used their guns to kill in the usa.

Almost every sane adult and child over 11 years old is aware that guns can be used to inflict either death or life changing injury.
Very few people that have ever handled a loaded gun, seen someone that they know handle a loaded gun or seen the reaction that suddenly pointing a gun at an unarmed person with hostile body language generates from the targeted individual- will dispute the fact that guns are dangerous.
But many people do not realise that tazors or pepper spray are both capable of inflicting life changing injury and death.
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I don’t think so.
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No uk is as bad as it is without them , are we Tryna make the uk a BTEC America💀
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(Original post by londonmyst)
My opinions on guns are controversial and not shared by most people in Britain or the usa.

I was shown how to handle semiautomatic and automatic firearms before I was 15.
I was trained how to fire a gun loaded with bullets capable of killing at 4 by a businessman whose three daughters travelled to school in England with bodyguards.
All three of them now have licenced firearms with the aim of defending themselves from terrorists, sexual predators or felons for hire.

I keep legal guns in my home for the purpose of encouraging unwanted visitors who I avoid like the plague to keep out of my home and as a means of protecting myself from trespassing intruders.
I have found the deterrent to be highly effective, particularly in relation to NRA obsessed american exes who have used their guns to kill in the usa.

Almost every sane adult and child over 11 years old is aware that guns can be used to inflict either death or life changing injury.
Very few people that have ever handled a loaded gun, seen someone that they know handle a loaded gun or seen the reaction that suddenly pointing a gun at an unarmed person with hostile body language generates from the targeted individual- will dispute the fact that guns are dangerous.
But many people do not realise that tazors or pepper spray are both capable of inflicting life changing injury and death.
I am by no means anti gun. I was taught at school to shoot and became competition rifle, pistol and clay shooter before the age of 13. I very much enjoy firearms.

However I don't trust the vast majority of the UK to be able to use firearms appropriately or safely, I would barely trust a lot of them with a bottle opener.

Don't you live in London? How did you manage to blag presumably a shotgun license considering you have just admitted your reasons for having a firearm is highly illegal?

That doesn't quite explain why you prefer people to be armed with weapons that are guaranteed to cause severe injury while banned those with a far lower chance of causing severe injury.
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I'm not sure whether or not legalising it would be a good idea, although I feel it should certainly be classified as a lesser form of offensive weapon with lighter penalties than that of a knife or firearm, as it's very rarely lethal.
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Can't really see any particular benefit, on balance, of this to be honest..
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Yes. Better than nothing and it's bound to cause less controversy.
I don't know, when the inevitable tales of strapping young muggers electrocuting and macing their victims start rolling around...
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I don't know, when the inevitable tales of strapping young muggers electrocuting and macing their victims start rolling around...
It's a two-way thing. Maybe being able to have a license to use a taser should be necessary.
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Well, a pepper spray would've came in handy when I got mugged in broad daylight. Not sure about the legalities of it though. Bit of a contraversial topic.
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