Ask HPD: Using pepper sprays in Hawaii

Honolulu Police Department Capt. Andrew Lum answers this week’s question.

Question:
a. Are Pepper Sprays allowed in Hawaii?
b. Is it illegal to use pepper spray as a defense if I am attacked? I have seen it for sale in a local office-supplies store.

Answer:
a. If you are 18 or older, you can buy pepper spray from a licensed retailer.
b. A person can use pepper spray in self defense, or to protect others, or to protect property.  It’s also important to remember that you can be held accountable for the level of force used in self defense.

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