Regulated Weapon – Pepper Spray

Category

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.

Scenario

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.

Scenario

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.

Object

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.

…/ Explanatory Notes 

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 licence and guns taken from him after confronting an intruder who was armed with a knife, on his property at 3am in September 2017. It was a cause that many of you donated to, to enable the Dunstans to get advice from a lawyer who specialises in firearms law.

There was no doubt David did the right thing: he convinced the intruder to accompany him to the local police. No-one was hurt, yet a quirk of NSW law made him the bad guy. The story quickly got national and international coverage. 

Annoyed that their decision would be questioned, the NSW Police decided to restrict the firearms licence 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 licence and guns to him. 

How the gun made a difference …/

https://nationalshooting.org.au/blog/f/dunstan-nsw-police-minister-to-brief-on-self-defence-gun-laws?fbclid=IwAR0OQkJGNXtp13BZAlRnQBqzIPuApRBiRmQne6U1btRAzn81pI0uJZVbf1o