New law for buying and carrying pepper spray

Governor Patrick signed the state's new gun law Wednesday

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Patrick signed an updated gun law, and one result will give people an increased opportunity to protect themselves without resorting to firearms.

The new law eases restrictions on adults who want to carry pepper spray. Massachusetts residents over the age of 18, can now purchase and carry pepper spray without first having to obtain a firearms identification card.

People 22News spoke with find this a welcome change. Meir Gerstein from Brooklyn, New York said, “I’m married, so I definitely would be interested in buying it for my wife.”

“I know there are a lot of other states that don’t require any card, so i think it should probably be universal. So I think it’s a good idea not to have a card,” said Margie Hambro of Longmeadow.

Governor Patrick signed the state’s new gun law Wednesday. It increases penalties for having a firearm on school grounds.

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