Non-lethal personal safety device introduced in Richmond

The Byrna is a non-lethal, pistol-style CO2 powered launcher. (Source: Byrna)
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) — A new non-lethal personal safety device will be introduced in Richmond.

Byrna, a non-lethal weapons company in Massachusetts, is introducing the product to U.S. consumers following a successful test market introduction in South Africa.

Richmond residents can get a first look at the device at the Richmond Raceway on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.

The Byrna is a pistol-style CO2 powered launcher that shoots out hard and pepper spray projectiles – very similar to CO2-powered airsoft guns that have been on the market for years but with more serious ammunition.

The gas-powered pistol comes equipped with Crimson Trace laser sighting systems for accurate target acquisition.

The device is not considered a firearm, so it will be available for purchase online and at select retailers.