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Families in my ancestral state of Thuringia and elsewhere throughout Germany are stocking up on various weapons (ranging from guns to pepper spray) for protection against the great Muslim horde invading Europe:

In Gera, a city in Thuringia, local media reported that at one store, the entire inventory of 120 cans of pepper spray was sold out within three hours. The store, which subsequently sold out of another batch of 144 cans, is now on a waiting list to obtain more because of supplier shortfalls.A woman in Gera who bought pepper spray for her 16-year-old daughter said:”I think it is fundamentally proper for me to protect my daughter. She is at that age where she is out alone in the evening. If she says she needs this for protection, I think this is not unjustified. Of course, due to the current situation that we now have in Germany. We just do not know who is here. There are quite a lot of people who are not registered.”

Source: Germans Stock Up on Weapons for Self-Defense

Meanwhile, California parents want to protect their kids. But how?

As I often point out, children use real firearms to protect themselves more often than we would like to think.  That can be legal even in California given the proper circumstances. Just make sure your kids are trained. But how can they defend themselves legally outside the home?

A relatively low-risk answer is pepper spray, provided your child is at least 16 years old and has written permission from you to carry it. Per California Penal Code section 22815:

(a) Notwithstanding subdivision (d) of Section 22810, a minor who has attained the age of 16 years may purchase and possess tear gas or a tear gas weapon pursuant to this division if the minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian, or has the written consent of a parent or guardian.

(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (c) of Section 22810, a person may sell or furnish tear gas or a tear gas weapon to a minor who has attained the age of 16 years and who is accompanied by a parent or guardian, or who presents a statement of consent signed by the minor’s parent or guardian.

(c) Any civil liability of a minor arising out of the minor’s use of tear gas or a tear gas weapon other than for self-defense is imposed upon the person, parent, or guardian who signed the statement of consent specified in subdivision (b). That person, parent, or guardian shall be jointly and severally liable with the minor for any damages proximately resulting from the negligent or wrongful act or omission of the minor in the use of the tear gas or a tear gas weapon.

Until your child reaches the age of 16, you will just have to decide for yourself how much the kid is worth. Given all the 5-year-olds I’ve seen handling rifles competently, our penal code’s prohibition on pepper spray prior to age 16 is not merely ridiculous–it is criminal.

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David R. Duringer, JD, LL.M, is a concealed firearm instructor and tax lawyer specializing in business and estate planning. He is managing shareholder at Protective Law Corporation, headquartered in Laguna Hills, primarily serving Orange County and Southern California with a satellite office located in Coronado (San Diego County).

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