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RE: Extendables
Nov 20, 2005 02:18 ETBack | Print Article
In response to the post of Don, the carrying of dog repellent and/or a kubaton is legal for any person, as they are not intended to be weapons. The Criminal Code states that any object can become a weapon if it used for that purpose, such as a flashlight or beer bottle. If a person chooses to carry dog repellent to fend off a dog attack or other animal such as a racoon, there is nothing wrong with that. Although a dog does not have tear ducts, their sense of smell is 25 000 times more sensitive then ours. Police issued pepper spray contains 10-15% Oleoresin Capsicum (OC). A bottom of the line dog repellent contains a minimum of 25% OC and is effective in temporarily disabling a dog. It's like breathing in table pepper multiplied by 100 000 The standard kubaton is either metal or wood and has a purpose of being a keychain. In the event that the person carrying any of these items is attacked be one or more persons, and all verbal intervention has been exhausted then these items become a "weapon of opportunity". The Criminal Code also gives all citizens the power to arrest those found committing an indictable offence under section 494. As well section 25 states that to affect that arrest, or defend themselves or another citizen, they may use as much force as necessary to carry out these duties. The police do their best at protecting us and will be the first to admit that they cannot be everywhere at the same time. People in Canada have the right to be protected and live unharmed. Anything less is a violation of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. I will again state that for any person that chooses to carry any of these items to use caution in using it as it could be taken and used against you. Know your surroundings and trust your instincts.