Regulated Weapon – Pepper Spray


Category - Moderate Regulation:

The following is one of many of the types of defense weapons within the category of “moderate regulation” that may be considered under the Act pending a detailed assessment of the defense technology.


In areas where the police-to-citizen ratio is high compared to other areas, it can be said that there is a problem. Often these areas will have high fences and dogs for protection. Unfortunately, not all dog owners are responsible and attacks upon children and adults out for a walk do occur.

Perhaps the “Pepper Spray” like the one shown below is the answer to avoiding being mulled by a dangerous dog or pack of dogs. The product below was designed for bears. Obviously, the product is from the United States, however, do have dangerous dogs.

Mace Brand Bear Pepper Spray – Featuring a spray pattern with a range up to 35 feet, the Mace® Bear Pepper Spray allows you to safely enjoy the outdoors. The 6-second bursts release in a stream pattern to ward off bears and other predators. With its finger loop handle and safety clip, this Mace Bear Pepper Spray aids in preventing outdoor danger

In the news today: 

A school teacher suffered serious injuries in a terrifying attack by a pack of dogs. The Teacher broke a leg after jumping a storm wall on the esplanade to escape the dogs. The dogs savaged her causing serious wounds to her shoulder and a broken ankle. She was flown to Townsville emergency ward by helicopter.

Example of Specific Circumstances and use of Regulated Weapon:

A community teacher working in an area where dangerous dogs have been known to roam the streets completed training consistent with the security industry standard and was issued a permit to possess pepper spray for the purpose of self-defense.

The permit issue allowed her to carry the pepper spray in her purse as she walked to and from the school. Today she was harassed by a pack of dogs and was able to avoid being attacking by using the pepper spray. Council’s animal control officers are in the area looking for the dogs.

Regulated Weapon – Salt Handgun

Category - Moderate Regulation:

The following is one of many of the types of defense weapons within the category of “moderate regulation” that may be considered under the Act pending a detailed assessment of the defense technology.


An attacker armed with a knife in a public area has stabbed or is threatening to stab people around them. Refusing to put down his weapon and continuing to move aggressively towards people some of which are elderly and unable to out-run the attacker, what do you do?

Perhaps the “salt handgun” could be the answer to avoid hand to hand confrontation?

Salt handgun

Chicago-based startup Salt has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a less-than-lethal weapon designed as an alternative to firearms for self-defense. The pneumatic pistol is designed to stop an attacker using an incapacitating powder that temporarily blinds them without the need to engage with the attacker in close and dangerous quarters.

The Salt is a CO₂-powered air-gun that fires hollow plastic spheres similar to paintballs, except that instead of paint, they are filled with a proprietary powder made of oleoresin capsicum and other ingredients. On impact, the spheres burst and a fine spray of the powder spreads around the target. This powder is extremely irritating – causing an intense burning sensations that temporarily blinds anyone who encounters it while making it difficult to breathe.

The makers say that the powder is stronger in many respects than those used by the military and law enforcement and is designed for maximum stopping power.

The effects last up to 50 minutes, though they begin to wear off after 15 to 30 minutes. Because it’s a dust, the Salt rounds can not only be used to shoot an assailant directly but can also lay down a cloud 4-5 feet in diameter that acts as a barrier against attack.

Note: In a city or large town the response time of police to high priority incidents such as the scenario above (as an average) has been 8 to 9 minutes which is fairly impressive. However, a lot can happen in 8 to 9 minutes.

In countries areas the response could be an hour away should the police be attending an incident for instance a serious car accident on the other side of their police district. As for remote areas, several hours if someone was able to notify them should they be in a mobile phone coverage area.

Often the passer-by or another present at the scene is the first responder.

In the news today:

Milos Novakovic jail for murdering party host in a restaurant. Novakovic stabbed another man to death two years ago has been sentenced to 20 years and six months in prison.

Example of Specific Circumstances and use of Regulated Weapon:

The restaurant manager completed training consistent with the security industry standard and was issued a permit to possess the salt handgun for the purpose of self-defense.

The permit issue allowed the regulated weapon to be kept on the premises of the restaurant. The weapon was used by the manager as a deterrent to a man who entered the restaurant waving a large bladed knife yelling at a man sitting at a dining table, “Your dead you’re dead, I’m going to kill you, I am going to kill you.” After a tense standoff of several minutes the police arrived and arrested the would be attacker.


A Bill for an Act that recognizes​ self-defense as a legitimate premise for the possession of a regulated weapon in specific circumstances.

The Parliament of Australia

1 Short title

Preservation of Life – Community Protection Act 2020

2 Commencement 

Each provision of this Act to commence the day on which  this Act receives the Royal Assent.

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Dunstan: NSW Police Minister to brief on self-defence gun laws

Source: National Shooting Council

In this blog we update you on letters we received from three coalition politicians on what we hope will lead to positive changes to gun laws in NSW.

The letters, which we publish here, are from the:

  • NSW Deputy Premier, John Barilaro;
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Justice, Mark Taylor MP (and our response) ; and 
  • chair of the Law and Safety Committee of the NSW Legislative Assembly, Ms Wendy Tuckerman MP.

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A few weeks ago, we updated you on the plight of David Dunstan, the NSW farmer who had his firearms license and guns were taken from him after confronting an intruder who was armed with a knife, on his property at 3 am in September 2017. It was a cause that many of you donated to, to enable the Dunstans to get advice from a lawyer who specializes in firearms law.

Annoyed that their decision would be questioned, the NSW Police decided to restrict the firearms license belonging to David’s wife, Andrea, which were removed a few days later. In all, it took NSW Police six weeks to return David’s license and guns to him. 

My take on the above. A husband and wife barricade themselves in a bathroom in response to an armed intruder in their house. They were both brutally murdered. This is originally policing knowledge that I will never forget.

When I read the story of the farmer and his wife it reminded me of the double murder. If I was to share with you the forensic photographs you would be shocked. The point is this, the firearm was used as a deterrent to a knifeman seeking to gain entry into the house. The police removed the firearm the farmer used to deter the knifeman. I put to you that had the knifeman only ran as far away as a clump of bushes within sight of the house. What might he do after watching the police disarm the farmer?

Might he reconsider what he first intended? Is it not probably he would wait until the police left the scene. and returning and perhaps murder the farmer? Would he then proceed to rape and murder his wife?

The general public just does not realize that there are criminals out there that do this type of thing.

How many of the long term missing are never found? Do the maths, in the senior ranks of the police, the ones I talk with at reunions, the general consensus is there are at least 8 or 9 serial killers working the highways of Australia.

Now some will say, the farmer could have picked up a kitchen knife to defend himself.

From my own experiences, violent criminals occasionally engage in hand to hand combat using all sorts of weapons including the knife. However, if the advantage. favours the innocent they are often deterred.

The entire point of the firearm as a “deterrent” so as to avoid hand to hand combat.

Would you want to go toe to toe in a knife fight with the knifeman or would you like him to run away? Easy answer.

So what about all the other armed home invasions. What about remote campers. What about … there are just so many examples we can take from factual events.

The strong (and armed) prey on the weak (and unarmed).

In outlawing the weapon only Outlaws, not Victims have weapons and criminals are very much aware of that these days. They no longer fear to get shot kicking in a door armed with a knife to do whatever they want.

You see normal peoples fear prison, so the prospect of prison is a deterrent. However, if you have been to prison several times you know longer fear it, it is just an inconvenience. The really bad criminals don’t fear prisons but everyone Australians do and therefore they abide by laws related to firearms. So criminals are armed and their victims are not.

On top of that, we have rediculous laws based on the premise that honest law-abiding citizens can not be trusted. Given them, the training and the responsibility will follow to respond appropriately as did the Farmer instinctively.

How the gun made a difference …/