Originally Posted by neni
Are alarm pistols or pepper stray available for tourist?
In Canada pepper spray is marketed as "bear spray" and can be bought almost anywhere by anyone. Here's the wiki section on pepper spray in Canada. I imagine it's quite easy to get in the states, especially any state that contains lots of "wilderness".
From Wiki: "In Canada all products with a label containing the words pepper spray, mace, etc., or otherwise originally produced for use on humans are classified as a prohibited weapon. Only law enforcement officers may legally carry or possess pepper spray. Any similar canister with the labels reading "dog spray" and/or "bear spray" is regulated under the Pest Control Products Act - while legal to be carried by anyone, it is against the law if its use causes 'a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person' or harming the environment and carries a penalty up to a fine of $500,000 and jail time of maximum 3 years."