Pepper spray, also known as OC spray (from "oleoresin capsicum"), OC gas, and capsicum spray, is a lachrymatory agent (a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and temporary blindness) used as a self defense tool by Security Officers and, in most states, civilians. Its inflammatory effects cause the eyes to close, taking away vision. This temporary blindness allows enforcement officers to more easily restrain subjects and permits people using pepper spray for self-defense an opportunity to escape. Although considered a less-than-lethal agent, it has been deadly in rare cases.
Security Officers are permitted, when carrying proof of training, to carry pepper spray in the performance of uniformed security services, limited to containers of 4 ounces or less.
Citizens who do not have prohibitive convictions (e.g. felony convictions) are permitted to carry pepper spray in California, limited to 2.5 ounce containers. No training is required for citizens, but it is highly recommended that the carrying of any weapon be accompanied by formal training.
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