With street crime soaring, it’s insane to stop New Yorkers from buying mace

With street crime soaring, it’s insane to stop New Yorkers from buying mace

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Rikki Schlott had it entirely right in Sunday’s Post: There’s no reason in the world for it to be so hard to buy mace in this town.

Major crimes were up 34 percent last month; robberies, 41 percent; felony assaults, 21 percent. Not to mention the subway shovings, hate crimes and so on.

Yet it’s illegal to ship pepper spray to a New York address. And only a handful of stores sell mace, too. So New Yorkers — including 1.5 million single women and 1 million elderly — can’t secure a canister.

Schlott details how a goon followed her into a pharmacy near Union Square and threatened rape — but she escaped after blasting her keychain pepper spray (shipped to a Jersey address).

We defend New York’s gun laws, but stopping citizens from defending themselves with mace is just insane.

The Legislature’s in session for a few more weeks; that’s enough time to repeal this ludicrous law.

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