Is it permitted to carry pepper spray for self-protection on Shabbos or Yom Tov mitzad muktzah?

Is there any issue with using aerosols on Shabbos? discusses a machlokes of using sprays on Shabbos, however, according to the stringent opinions, would pepper spray be muktzah being that it's carried around for self defense?

I don't think this is a clear cut case of pikuach nefesh, as there's not necessarily any tangible threat, it's just a precaution.

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    Or a knife, or a gun... Why do you ask about pepper spray specifically?
    – DonielF
    Sep 13, 2018 at 19:11
  • @DonielF a knife can be used for food or many other things that are definitely muttar, and it definitely doesn't have any issue with zoreh. A gun would be ossur except in a case of pikuach nefesh, as it makes a spark and causes bleeding, among other issues, while pepper spray might be mutar in a case of defending property, unless there's a problem of zoreh.
    – user613
    Sep 13, 2018 at 19:20
  • A knife is a kli shemelachto l’heter. That isn’t a blanket allowance to carry it anywhere. While I don’t have sources, i know lots of people who carry guns on Shabbos. You make a good point with zoreh - you should edit it into your question.
    – DonielF
    Sep 13, 2018 at 19:22
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    pepper spray is inherently food youtube.com/watch?v=aNYobXLCUhY
    – rosends
    Sep 13, 2018 at 19:48
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    If the pepper spray is being carried for self-defense I don't see why it'd be different than carrying a gun which is also permissible (Shmirat Shabbat KeHilchita 8:28)
    – Oliver
    Sep 13, 2018 at 20:00


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