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I have a non violent felony in california. I live, walk my

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I have a non violent felony in california. I live downtown, walk my dog everyday, and walk alone from work to home, sometimes i see a lot of sketchy angry people on the street. It seems that being a felon, i cannot protect myself from being victimized by violent people or even stray dogs... I am fine by the idea of not owning a gun, but not being able to own pepper spray, tasers, knives really bothers me... How am i supposed to protect myself from violence? Are there any weapons i can legally carry and use if i am attacked by violent people or animals?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  CalAttorney2 replied 1 year ago.

Dear Customer,

California statute prohibits felons from possessing a firearm (Penal Code 12021, discussed here in detail:

California also prohibits felons from possessing pepper spray (Penal Code 22810, discussed briefly here:

However, there is no prohibition on felons carrying a knife. Please do be careful with knives - California has a lot of knife laws (that apply to everyone - felons and non-felons), discussed here:

Your best defense is to be aware of your surroundings, carry a phone, and call 9-1-1 if you are in immediate harm.