As a follow-up to my previous post on my post-Paris attack trip to Washington, DC, I have been exploring possible avenues for protecting myself while there. Obviously, guns are off the table in DC. No bug out bag with a Glock 17 and takedown 10/22 (not that I have such a bag).
I was surprised to learn that one of my old standbys, the Spyderco kerambit, may also be illegal to carry in DC.
At least according to the interpretation of DC law on the KnifeUp website, any knife that does not have “utility purposes” is illegal to carry. And self-defense is apparently not a utility purpose.
What about pepper spray? Nothing strikes fear in the heart of a terrorist more than the threat of being pepper sprayed, right? Well, according to the Metropolitan Police Department web site, pepper spray — well, certain pepper sprays — ARE LEGAL in the city!
Though it is interesting to note that if I buy a self-defense spray in the District, I have to REGISTER IT with the MPD Firearms Registration Section. OMG. WTF. LOL. I feel so much safer with this registration requirement on the books.
The odds are that I will not need to defend myself during this trip to Washington, which is a good thing because the city government doesn’t give me many options to do so anyway.
UPDATE: Comment by Exurban Kevin reminded me of this apparently legal (even in DC) option. Thanks!