I like to go out jogging after work with my kid in the jogging stroller. Unfortunately, sunsets are creeping up earlier and earlier leaving me finishing my runs on trails alone and in the dark. In an effort to keep running, but to do-so more safely, I wanted pick up a bottle of mace / pepper-spray to help ward off any potential predators. Do any of your readers know where can I buy some in the area?
As it happens, New York State has a law about who can have pepper spray, where it can be bought, and how it can be used. (The state legalized its possession and use for self defense in 1996, the last state to do so. It was controversial at the time -- apparently Rudy Giuliani was a vocal opponent.) The rules are, basically:
+ Only people age 18 and older can have "self-defense sprays." A no one who's been convicted of a felony or assault.
+ It can only be sold by a licensed dealer, either a firearms dealer or pharmacy or a vendor approved by the State Police.
+ Using the spray in any way other than self defense is a crime.
So, suggestions for Sean? And if you have additional ideas about jogging safety or maybe self-defense classes, please share.
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