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Self-defense tools

Different Self-defense Weapons

There are times when we don’t have our firearms with us due to things such as Pistol Free Zones, it was forgotten at home, or maybe it was a choice not to carry your firearm on a particular occasion. What other tools can be used when you need to defend yourself and your firearm is not close by? There are many options that you can choose from for self-defense. Next, we will explain a few for you to consider when your firearm is unavailable.

1. Pocket Knife

A pocket knife is a foldable knife that is small enough to fit inside a purse or inside a pocket. Pocketknives are used for many things from peeling fruit, to opening mail, and even as a self-defense tool. If you use a pocketknife as a self-defense tool, be sure to keep in mind that you may have to be close enough to the attacker before you can use this tool. Like any tool, practice is a must before using it so you are aware of its capabilities and limitations. Make sure you check your local laws to ensure it is a legal weapon where you are. Items like blade length, automatic releases on the blade, and edges could make your choice illegal where you live.

2. Pepper Spray

Pepper spray

Pepper spray is a spray designed to inflame the mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause immediate burning of the eyes, difficulty breathing, and coughing. The spray is a stream that uses oleoresin capsicum, a spicy oil extracted from hot peppers. Once pepper spray hits a person’s eyes or notes it leaves the attacker burning in internal pain. Using pepper spray will allow you to escape the area while your attackers are left to deal with the burning sensation in their system. Pepper spray remains one of the most used non-lethal self-defense tools. Make sure you check the pepper spray brand to ensure you comply with local laws.

Watch John Correia of Active Self Protection, FLP member and longtime partner, discuss the use of Pepper Spray.

3. Tatical Pens

Here we have a tactical pen, which is a pen that can be used for everyday writing but also has a self-defense aspect that can protect you if used as a weapon. The tip of the pen can be used as an instrument for stabbing, poking, penetrating, or incapacitating someone who is attacking you. These pens have the look and feel of a sturdy writing tool. Upon closer examination, a tactical pen is mostly made of machined steel or aircraft-grade aluminum body that gives the pen extra weight and makes it useful as a weapon. Some tactical pens have an attached light, others come with the capability to break glass in automobiles if you are trapped in a car and need to escape. These tools have many options and are legal in all 50 states.

4. Legal Protection from FLP

Remember Firearms Legal Protection not only covers firearms but any legal weapon that you may use to defend yourself. Whether you use a firearm, pepper spray, a tactical pen, or any other legal weapons, Firearms Legal Protection has you covered. Additionally, make sure you are covered in your home state as well as everywhere you go across the country. Upgrade to our premium plan today, and be covered everywhere with any legal weapon. Please call our Customer Service team at (844) 357-9400 to discuss upgrading your membership.


The information given on this website is not legal advice. The information that may be posted in any format on this website is of a general nature and should not be construed in a person’s own situation as legal advice. If you so desire legal advice, please consult an attorney in a one-on-one setting in order to get legal advice that pertains to your unique circumstance.

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