North America Civilian Less Lethal and Self Defense Weapons Market: Snapshot
Civilians in North America are showing a consistent increase in concern over personal safety, especially for the feminine population. This is the prime driver for the North America civilian less lethal and self-defense weapons market, as use of a deterrent can prove highly valuable in life-threatening situations. Another factor allowing the higher production of less lethal weapons is a result of the humanitarian efforts raised against the use of lethal force in riot control by defense personnel.
Advancements in technology are allowing less lethal weapons to be lighter, easier to carry, and highly efficient. The higher sales is also allowing new entrants such as ARMA USA to gain traction in the market, while creating major research and development opportunities for established players such as TASER International, Inc. Pepper sprays continue being the most preferred less lethal weapon in this market with a rapidly increasing number of purchases, both in stores and online.
The North America civilian less lethal and self-defense weapons market has accrued from the above factors a progress rate of 4.0% CAGR within the forecast period from 2015 to 2023. This market is expected to be valued at US$82.16 mn by the end of 2023, after being recorded at US$58.10 mn in 2014.
Crime Rate Growth in Canada Pushes Regional Player Focus Towards the Country
The civilian less lethal and self-defense weapons market in Canada is an extremely regulated one due to growing concerns over weapons misuse. At the same time, crime rates are reportedly on the rise in the nation. As a result, the sales of less lethal weapons from direct vendors in Canada is slowly declining, while civilian consumers are increasingly shipping their less lethal weapons from the U.S. This is opening up major growth opportunities for the U.S. vendors. The sales of prominent players within Canada such as Evike.com, Inc. and Continental Sports are increasing as well. Simultaneously, online sales in the country are also showing a strong rate of growth, allowing players such as Airgun Depot and Airsoft Megastore to hold major shares in the market’s revenue.
The U.S. civilian less lethal and self-defense weapons market was and continues to be the leading nation in this market. Civilians in most states are permitted by law to own less lethal weapons. As a result, vendors and manufacturers have a much more open market in this country as opposed to Canada. The U.S. civilian less lethal and self-defense weapons market is also highly competitive with manufacturers and suppliers competing over physical as well as online product sales. This national market is expected to progress at a 4.1% CAGR between 2015 and 2023.
Pepper Sprays Continue Leading North America Civilian Less Lethal and Self-Defense Weapons Market
Civilians are showing an extremely high preference towards pepper sprays. They are less lethal weapons that have a very low potential to do anything more than deter the assailant and can do so with a high level of effectiveness. They are highly preferred by female consumers owing to the ease with which pepper spray cans can be carried and concealed. Additionally, pepper spray products are available in a wide range of options, including gel, foam, stream, cone, and fog. The usage of pepper spray in the above forms allows a much more diverse utility for it by both civilians and for riot control by defense personnel.
Less lethal and self-defense weapons also known as “non-lethal” weapons are growing in demand from civilians worldwide. The possession and use of conventional, fatal weaponry by civilians is restricted in most countries by different national laws. Owing to concerns due to the growing crime rate especially against elderly people, women, children and animals, the demand for less lethal and self-defense weapons has experienced a surge in recent years. On the other hand, following the advancements in technologies and development of various new less lethal weapon types, demand for such weapons is witnessing steady growth in North America, especially in the U.S.
With growing advancements in technology and increasing number of manufacturers, the market for civilian less lethal and self-defense weapons in North America is growing at a steady pace. With development of alternative types of weapons, technology has played a crucial role in the growth of this market. Advances in various scientific fields such as chemicals, electronics, electromagnetic, and acoustics among others are offering new opportunities for weapons development. Counter-personnel weapons for civilians are being developed for self-defense while causing minimal harm to the assailant. Repeated incidents of attacks on women in North America, especially in the U.S. have heightened the need to improve safety measures by the administrative offices. Various governmental regulations and measures are being adopted in order to provide better security measures to women in the nation. Additionally, weapons manufacturers in the region are constantly developing and launching products, compliant with national and state laws, in order to provide women with self-defense alternatives. The use of lethal force against assailants is discouraged by law, which in turn is opening up opportunities for use of less lethal weapons. The adoption rate of less lethal and self-defense weapons in North America by women are estimated to be higher as compared to men. Owing to this factor, products such as Taser devices, stun guns, pepper sprays, flashlights and various combinations of these devices are primarily targeted at women customers. However, the less lethal weapons used for self-defense are effective under various situations. For instance, the use of weapons such as Taser devices and stun guns are possible when the assailant is unarmed and is at a proper distance from the victim. The effectiveness of Taser devices and stun guns depend on appropriate deployment and the material of garment worn by the assailant. Thick and leather materials prevent the proper impact of the weapon on the assailant. In addition, if there is a group of assailants, the deployment of Taser devices and stun guns can prove to be disadvantageous. Similarly, possession of batons and knives require proper training for deployment, which can otherwise lead to a lethal impact. Furthermore, air power weapons such as guns shooting pepper projectiles, paintballs, and beanbags are also ineffective under different circumstances.
To get a better understanding of the developments of civilian less lethal weapons in North America, a patent analysis has been provided for each product category. Furthermore, the report also discusses the distribution channel of the less lethal weapons in North America. In addition, a demographic study has also been included in the scope of the study.
Furthermore, the report also covers the list of the sellers in terms of wholesalers, retailers in U.S. and Canada. Moreover, the key manufacturers of less lethal and self defense weapons have been profiled in terms of their business strategies, product segments, recent developments, historical roadmap and financial overview. The key manufacturers of less lethal weapons include, LRAD Corporation, TASER International, Inc., SABRE Security Equipment Corporation, Pepperball Technologies, Inc., AMTEC Less Lethal, Safariland Group, Piexon AG, Kimber Mfg, Inc. Oxley Group, Arma USA, Inc.and Salt Supply Company among others.
The North America Civilian Less Lethal and Self Defense Weapons market can be segmented as follows;-
North America Civilian Less Lethal and Self Defense Weapons Market, By Type
- Air Power Weapons
- Lighting Devices
- Pepper Sprays
- Stun Guns
- Animal Repellants
North America Civilian Less Lethal and Self Defense Weapons Market, By Country