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Personal defense does not always involve a firearm. Depending on the location, situation, clothing or venue, it may be illegal or inappropriate to conceal or deploy a pistol, combat folder or even a pocket knife. Below are examples of items seen at the 2013 SHOT Show that can be used, in lieu of a firearm or tactical knife, for self-protection in defensive situations. Even though each device shown is designed to be less than lethal, and none have blades longer than 1.5 inches, be sure to check local laws and to contact the TSA before attempting carry-on transport.

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