Skip to comments.Bear Spray Harder to Transport than Firearms
Posted on 10/30/2015 1:00:39 PM PDT by marktwain
Almost all bear spray comes in containers that are too large to be transported with you on commercial aircraft.
It is interesting to note that bear spray is more difficult to transport on commercial aircraft than firearms are. Both are prohibited from transport as carry ons, unless you have special dispensation from the government. Then you can carry firearms, if you are an LEO with a letter authorizing it, a Sky Marshall, or a couple of other very special cases. I do not know if Sky Marshalls or federal agents may carry pepper spray in the cabins of commercial aircraft.
But ordinary people can pack firearms in checked baggage. The limit on ammunition in checked baggage is 5 kilograms, or 11 pounds of properly packaged ammunition. So, if you are on a hunting trip to Alaska or to Maine, you can bring rifles, pistols, and shotguns in your checked baggage. I have carried a couple of rifles, a shotgun, and a couple of pistols on some hunting trips. The 11 pounds of ammunition is usually enough. But bear spray is far harder to transport.
(Excerpt) Read more at ammoland.com ...
Since they won’t let you carry enough the bear spray, you’ll likely need the ammunition...
I’m against making bears into aerosol sprays. What good can come of that?
With 11 pounds of ammunition, why would you need bear spray?
Bear scat has small bells in it and smells of pepper-spray.
Were they from LA?
I had no problem seeing bear spray on my last trip to AK. I was well armed and didn’t buy any. I have not seen much bear spray where I reside in CA, but there probably is some. Don’t know what it costs.
That reminds me of a certain high-school locker room prank.
Amazon has it for about $30.
On one hand, you’ve got a pressurized container full of noxious gasses, being transported vertically to a low-pressure environment - increasing the pressure gradient strain on the container and making it significantly more likely to rupture. If it does rupture, you’re now circulating noxious fumes through an enclosed space carrying hundreds of trapped passengers. THIS. IS. BAD.
On the other hand, you’ve got pressure-stable tiny containers of stable powders which are, if released, not noxious and generally stay in the larger container (which is probably within 1-3 more containers). Nothing will happen unless there is a precise and forceful impact on a primer, which isn’t going to happen if properly contained. In the extreme fluke event of one of these tiny containers firing, it will in all likelihood make a small “pop”, produce a little smoke (again, within multiple containers), and otherwise have zero effect on aircraft & passengers. For any significant harm to occur, the cargo would basically have to be on fire, at which point a box of ammo popping will impose a negligible increase on the already-severe situation. No harm done.
Yes, 11 pounds of ammo going off all at once will likely cause less harm, and is far less likely to do so, than the release of 4 oz of bear spray.
There’s a reason ammunition is put in guns with “the longer the better” barrels. No chamber + no barrel = no appreciable harm.
I bought five large cans of bear spray a few years ago during a family trip to the Tetons and Yellowstone. A man had been mauled to death on a trail near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone a week before we visited. Couldn’t bring the stuff home with us, so we dropped it off in a Bear Spray donation box in Jackson on the way to the airport. I think the drop off was either at an outdoor store or a ranger station. Some lucky visitor got ours for free in the next few days.
TIP: If you are visiting bear country, try to find the free donation boxes where departing people drop their spray off. You might save some big bucks.
The active component of bear spray is a _condiment_.
I've heard where someone tried a test of the bear spray by spraying stuff with it. They ended up with video of the bears rolling in the stuff!
Bear Spray is a big improvement over the Bear Roll-On they sold in years past.
The above link with video also shows that if you aren’t close enough, bear spray just pisses off the bear and makes him want to eat your kayak!
WE have a can of wasp spray with a long stream like I think 20 ft. Well and guns. :-)
Dept of Interior employees, from DC.
Buy the bear spray when you arrive in bear country, then ship it to yourself or give it away when you leave.
The cans of wasp spray I've seen are too large for personal defense concealed carry.
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