The way things are going, it seems that daily carry will become a memory of our rights. A memory of when we were allowed to carry a handgun. We will live to see the day when our guns will be taken away from us and we will have to find other means to protect our families. Self-defense in a gun-free zone is not a picnic and we should learn in advance about the options we have.
There are states that restrict daily carry and since the state laws vary greatly, we should look into what other less-lethal self-defense options we have. A handgun will be out of the picture and you need to find a good replacement for your everyday carry arsenal.
They won’t suspect it, it’s just a pen…
I’ve talked with many preppers and survivalists about EDC and to my surprise, I’ve noticed that there are more and more people deciding to carry a tactical pen. This is one item that is being overlooked and if made of the right material it can be a very effective self-defense tool. The design must include both the function of the pen (a daily writing tool) and a potential stabbing weapon. The material of the pen must be hard enough to be used in a fight yet light enough to be carried every day without effort.
Most tactical pens are made from titanium and it’s really a good choice if you think about it. Titanium is stronger than steel and aluminum, it’s more corrosion resistant and more resilient.
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The market for tactical pens has grown over the last few years. There are now a lot of models and brands you can choose from. You just have to keep in mind the big picture, the pen needs to look like a normal pen while retaining a dangerous capacity. One of the pens I’ve used for my EDC is the NiteCore NTP10 tactical self-defense pen.
It’s compact and portable and it has a tungsten steel tip that can be used as a window breaker. I’ve even given it as a gift this Christmas to some of my prepper friends. There are many tactical pens models you can choose from and it’s all up to your budget and personal liking.
A knife for the wicked
If you want to include a knife in your EDC, your local laws will be the deciding factor in what to choose. The size and style of the knife you’re able to carry every day is influenced by the laws from your state. Chances are you won’t be able to walk around with a fixed blade. This is why a folder is recommended for all EDCs. Folding knives are smaller, discrete and they can be tucked in your pocket without attracting unwanted attention.
There are many foldable knives available on the market and having such items in your EDC will make sure you don’t get caught empty-handed in a nasty situation.
For my EDC, I’ve decided to go with the Browning Black Label Integrity G-10 folding knife. It has a Tano point blade and is designed to handle a variety of tasks. It is a knife developed following the input from Special Ops, Military, and Law Enforcement knife experts.
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The pepper power, stopping the enemy with a burn
The mace spray was one of the first chemical defense sprays to develop high popularity among those who are not comfortable holding a handgun. Defense sprays are popular even today and they are a good self-defense alternative if a handgun is illegal in your state.
Defense sprays are formulated from various types of agents, ranging from chemical tear gas to naturally occurring substances like oleoresin capsicum (a substance extracted from chili peppers). A pepper spray is a good self-defense weapon because if used correctly, it can incapacitate your attacker and give you enough time to run away or apply the next blow.
Upon contact, it will make the eyes slam shut and cause inflammation of the respiratory tract. The attacker will start to cough, gag and it will cause an excess mucous production. Not to mention the extreme burning pain around the eyes, mouth, and nose.
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There are many pepper spray manufacturers and a lot of models you can choose from. However, when choosing a non-lethal self-defense weapon for my wife, I’ve stopped at the Pepper Blaster pistol. This device is built to function similar to a pistol and provides a very effective launching platform. It delivers a nasty punch at a high velocity, hitting 112 mph at 13 feet.
The best part about the pistol is that it doesn’t use the common aerosol. It uses a disabling gel that is three times more effective than commercial sprays and is capable of disabling the attacker for up to 45 minutes. The gel has a four-year shelf life and it’s leak-proof. This is a small, lightweight and effective self-defense weapon that can deliver two separate blasts. I can honestly say it’s the best 40 bucks I’ve ever spent.
Taser takedowns, self-defense with a shock
Taser weapons have been around for years and they are a good alternative to a handgun when the law is against you. These self-defense devices are designed to deliver an electrical punch that interferes with voluntary control of muscles. As a result, your attacker will be incapacitated and you will have enough time to plan your next actions and calling the authorities. With the advances in technology, the Taser guns have been improved as well and right now, the most used ones are the stun guns.
These small guns are able to fire two individual probes that stick to the assailant and they will do the job just right. For civilian use, Taser International has developed the Teaser C2 model. This stun gun allows you to stun an attacker as far as 15 feet away, thus giving you time and room to escape. This is a self-defense weapon that can be found in many EDCs. It is usually at the top of the list.
Before you chose a self-defense weapon for your everyday carry you must do your homework. Find out what the maximum level of weapons is permitted where you live and where you work. Where you carry your EDC dictates the rules you have to follow.
Here are just a few guidelines on how to go about your EDC:
Your workplace is a location where your EDC may come in handy. However, your employer is the one who establishes what is allowed on the premises. Not every employer allows EDC for handguns and pocket knives so it is best if you stick with your tactical pen.
Everyday stops like a grocery store or restaurant have clear policies regarding weapons on their propriety. Law dictates that shops must post a sign announcing their policy. Since this is rarely the case, there are those locations that do not openly restrict the presence of knives and pepper sprays so it is all up to you. Worst case scenario, you will be asked to leave.
City and state parks
All cities and states have firm regulations against firearms in their parks. However, there is rarely any posted limitation on other EDC items. You should be ok if you carry non-lethal self-defense items.
Concert arenas, theaters, and stadiums have fairly strict bans on weapons on site. This includes all the items listed above and there are reports of even tactical pens being denied entry.
These places have security on site that performs searches so don’t try to sneak any item inside. It’s better if you leave your EDC in the car.
There are many places where weapons of any kind are not allowed. It is up to you to make sure you know these places in advance before going there with your EDC. Schools, federal buildings, airplanes, and trains are restrictive facilities with a weapon-free zone policy. It is your responsibility to know where you are going and what you are carrying with you. If something happens you will be held accountable if you bring your EDC there.
Choosing a non-lethal self-defense weapon is not easy as one may think and you need to do your homework. What you carry with you should be influenced by the laws governing the area you live in. Some of your coworkers might not like the thought of you carrying a pocket knife and it will affect your work relationships. At the same time, the thought of being caught empty-handed during a crisis is not easy to bear and you should be able to protect yourself.
When it comes to self-defense weapons for your EDC, always choose what’s best for you while following the local rules as best as you can.
Be aware and stay safe!
Article was written by By David Andrew Brown for Prepper’s Will.
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5 thoughts on “Self Defense In A Gun-free Zone”
Under weapon free zones “you will be held ‘accountable’ if you bring your edc” not ‘accountant’. I know it’s easy to miss mistakes like that when your brain automatically reads it the right way 🙂
Thank you for pointing out the typo.
I actually carry a pen that doesn’t look tactical but still is solid enough. It gets through security since it doesn’t look like a “tactical pen”. And functions pretty well as a pen!
Here’s one additional solution that a lot of people don’t think about as well. Walking canes.
Maybe you are someone who requires a walking cane to get around? A lot of veterans fit into this category, particularly those with their airborne jump wings. Oh boy… lemme tell you… Plopping down hard onto solid ground while wearing 150 minimum lbs. of gear… every couple of months… it’s just murder on the knees and ankles.
If you need a cane, you have the potential for a legal self-defense option right there. By ADA regulations, you can’t prevent someone from bringing a walking stick through secure areas. I’ve boarded plenty of planes with my rather boring looking walking cane. I’ve never really considered it a weapon, and I still don’t, but if someone were to attack me, you better believe that I would not hesitate to consider it as an option.
Plus you have the added bonus that the aggressor gets proper embarrassment for getting “grandpa-whipped” by a cripple. Lol.
Realistically, anything that you manage to have on the opposite side of the threshold can be repurposed as a weapon. If you have a cane with you, it just makes sense to use it.
As I always say, when in doubt, ask yourself: WWJCD? “What would Jackie Chan do?”
Pros: Legal workaround, because a cane is not a “weapon.” Having a disability gives you further legal protections while in court, because, as having an inability to run away, you must stand your ground, and that gives you more of a right than usual to utilize a “combatives equalizer.” Also, canes don’t really scare people, so they are less likely to call the cops.
Cons: The option is not for everyone, because you have to actually need to use a cane to bring one. On that note, the fact that you have a disability kinda sucks too. Also, dragging around a cane can get obnoxious at times.
Make sure it’s a solid cane. Don’t use folded ones for this purpose.
Correction: I said “walking stick” at some point. I meant walking cane. ADA protects “walking canes.” Not walking “sticks.”