Committee considers Rep Hoitengas pepper spray legislation

first_img05Dec Committee considers Rep. Hoitenga’s pepper spray legislation Bill enables vulnerable people to protect themselvesState Rep. Michele Hoitenga testified before the House Judiciary Committee today in support of legislation making it easier for vulnerable people to obtain and carry pepper spray for self-defense in Michigan.Hoitenga, of Manton, said her bill raises the maximum allowable concentration of oleoresin capsicum, the active ingredient in pepper spray, from 10 to 18 percent. This increases the effectiveness of the solution and brings Michigan in line with the current federal limit, which the majority of other states have already done.“I personally carry a firearm for self-defense, but not all people are comfortable with that,” Hoitenga said. “This change gives vulnerable Michigan residents more access to pepper spray to protect themselves from violence.”The legislation also allows for the use of a ultra-violet dye ingredient.“Many self-defense sprays now contain a dye invisible to the naked eye that law enforcement officers can use to identify offenders with a UV light,” Hoitenga said. “This is a useful feature that should be made available in Michigan.”House Bill 5220 remains under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee.### Categories: Hoitenga Newslast_img

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