Hoitenga plan to make pepper spray more accessible signed into law

first_img Pepper spray will be more readily available for Michigan residents to carry for self-defense now that a reform introduced by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga was recently signed into law.Hoitenga said Michigan’s previous self-defense spray regulations were too restrictive.“Most pepper spray products on the market could not be purchased or carried legally in Michigan,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “We needed to update the law to give vulnerable Michigan residents more access to this easy and effective tool to protect themselves and their families.”Before Hoitenga’s reform, Michigan only allowed pepper spray with a 10-percent concentration of oleoresin capsicum, the active ingredient. The majority of self-defense sprays are produced with a concentration of 18 percent, the limit allowed by the federal government and 45 other states.The legislation also allows self-defense sprays sold in Michigan to contain a ultra-violet dye that can help law enforcement officers identify offenders.“Anyone who knows me knows I’m a proud supporter of the Second Amendment. I personally carry a firearm for self-defense, but I also understand that not everyone is comfortable around guns,” Hoitenga said. “These sensible reforms increase the availability of pepper spray and offer reassurance for people who choose to utilize it to defend themselves from violence.”House Bill 5220 is now Public Act 98 of 2018.### Categories: Hoitenga News 04Apr Hoitenga plan to make pepper spray more accessible signed into lawlast_img

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