At the moment in Tasmania it is illegal to carry or possess a non-lethal pepper spray.
Consider the following scenarios:
The jogger exercising on a poorly lit track
Your daughter, your son, walking home late after work
An elderly person, home alone reading the newspaper.
The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party Tasmania believe everyone deserves the right to feel safe and secure and have the right to protect themselves.
If elected in March, the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party Tasmania will introduce a bill to make the ownership of pepper spray and mace legal for the purpose of self-defence and personal security.
> It is already legal in Western Australia and law abiding Tasmanian’s deserve the right to protect themselves and the right to feel secure.
However, at the moment if you are attacked and use it to defend yourself, you may be charged for possession and use of a prohibited weapon.
It is worth noting police officers are permitted to carry pepper spray and mace. And back in 2010, former environment, parks and heritage minister David O’Byrne gave approval for fish farm staff to use capsicum spray on rogue seals. Yet today, in a modern world, Tasmanians are not permitted to protect themselves and to be in possession of these items is an offence.
Kim Swanson Candidate for Braddon Shooters, Fishers & Farmers Party Tasmania