Sarajevo Canton Set to Allow Men Carry Pepper Spray

The Sarajevo Canton government drafted changes to its weapon-control law to allow both women and men carry pepper spray, according to a Sarajevo rights organization. According to the local law passed in 2007, only adult women are allowed to have pepper spray on them for self-defense purposes.

The Sarajevo Open Center – a civil society organization that advocates LGBT rights and gender equality – said it was informed by the national Ombudsman that the Sarajevo Canton police ministry drafted changes to the weapon-control regulations that will scrap the sex restriction. The organization complained to the Ombudsman about the 2007 law, citing violation of the gender equality principles. Sasa Gavric, former SOC director, complained to the Ombudsman that the sex restriction discriminated against men and women, as it suggested that only women need self-defense props and men can only be attackers.

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