You must be 18 years old to buy spray paint.

Sec. 22-103. Limiting access to graffiti implements.

(a) No person other than a parent or legal guardian shall sell, exchange, give, loan, or otherwise furnish, or cause or permit to be exchanged, given, loaned, or otherwise furnished, any graffiti implement to any person under the age of eighteen (18) years.

(b) Evidence that a person, his or her employee, or agent demanded and was shown acceptable evidence of majority and acted upon such evidence in a transaction or sale shall be a defense to any prosecution under this section. Acceptable evidence of majority shall include, but is not limited to, driver’s license, state-issued identification or military identification.

(c) This section does not apply to the transfer of graffiti implements from parent to child, guardian to ward, employer to employee, teacher to student or in any other similar relationship when such transfer is for a lawful purpose.

(d) Violation of this section is a class 1 misdemeanor.

(Ord. No. 97.66, 12-11-97)

  • Braja

    Of course! Dumb ass kids are always wasting their time writing on stuff that ain’t theirs.

  • Well, can eleven-year-olds buy it?

  • Joe

    Shouldn’t this read: “You must be ‘at least’ 18 years old to buy spray paint.”? I mean, I’m 25. Does this mean I’d have to find an 18 year old to buy spray paint for me? But then they’d probably only do it if I bought them beer.

  • Char

    That’s not a stupid law, it’s average. Other states require a legal adult to buy spray paint, I don’t get it…

  • DarK

    This is not a ‘Stupid Law’. There is a problem with ‘huffing’ in this state. We all know that in order to protect you must restrict.

  • rsussen

    for your information Braja most graffiti artist are over eighteen or do it on wood that is theirs.
    i think its a stupid law because if graffiti is the reason it should be illegal for anyone to buy without a background check not for age.
    sorry to fuck up your complaint about “kids” which are the same as adults, just not as physically developed.

  • drkknight

    So if a freaking 18 year old walks in and buys the most expensive can a store has and “claims” to be using it for a project. what are they gonna say? tell me now that you really think an 18 year old is gonna go buy the most expensive can of spraypaint and waste it on a wall -_- smh. ppl.

  • trjohnson

    it’s a stupid law because I know people who needed spray paint for several various projects and they couldn’t get it because they were 3 weeks from being 18. That sir, is bull.

  • jason

    why should i have to be 18 i jus wanted to paint my bike

  • Gabriella

    You have to be 18 or over to buy “correction fluid” aka white out. It’s a brand name so they can’t just say white out. Also I’m not sure if it’s law or courtesy, but it’s up to the sales person whether or not to sell condoms to minors.

  • Grace

    This law is so stupid. Really? Some of us are not stupid little thugs and actually need to paint something. So if I were 30 I could just walk up to the counter with a bunch of spray paint and be like “YEAH BRO I’M GONNA GET SO HIGH OFF THIS SHIT!!” and they’d sell it to me?

  • bill bares

    all right im a disabled vietnam vet so im older im 61 years & belive me i look it also in a wheel chair i was at walmart i bought 2 cans of black rustoleum paint when i went to pay for it the the lady at the cheak out said i need to see your drivers licence i asked for what she said for the paint your buying i said WHAT YOU MEEN TO TELL ME I DONT LOOK OUER 18 she said it dont matter how old you look i have to check your age she was a older woman maybe she just want my address so she can mollest me lol but in the morn i will call walmarts corporte office & complain

  • chris

    Huffing is a big deal in CT yes and so is vandalism! But why make a law to prevent people from buying it? Im only 14 and i work on small engines and restore tractors. I cant go out and buy spray paint to paint my tractor? WHY! I think its pretty stupid. The cashiers at home depot take it a little to far and i can not buy carburetor cleaner. Here I am LOOSING MONEY cuz’ of some dumb asses wanting to get “high” Off of air sol. It clearly says on the back hazardest if inhaled personally I think thats enough. This law has many flews and was a waist of time! THANKS CT! You have wasted my time and lost me hundreds of dollars!

  • Mr. A

    That’s funny, cause I’m 16 and i live in Canada, and i just walked in to the store and bought some, maybe we have more lenient laws or i just looked old enough.

  • Pete

    Really??!! You mean gang bangers aren’t over 18? What this is, is punishing the many because of the few. If you want to do graffiti…you will do graffiti. At 64 I shouldn’t have to show ID…it’s obvious….

  • Pete

    Isn’t looking old showing you’re way past majority. Ya know, white hair, wrinkles, jowls at the chin line and all the other crap that goes with aging. We all wanted to be micromanaged…right?!

  • david

    i cant even buy spray paint for my mulitple cars.

  • Leslie

    I’m not surprised that most of the comments are dumber than the law itself. One person suggested they run a background check on anyone buying spray paint. If we can’t even get background checks mandated for the sales of guns, how do you expect it to pass on something seemingly less trivial, such as spray paint? Another person suggested that at 25, he would have to find an 18 year old to buy him spray paint? The law reads you can’t buy spray paint if you’re under 18. If you read statistics, most people who vandalize are under the age of 21. New York changed the law to prohibit the sale of spray paint and other materials often used in defacement to those under 21. This is a law created to mitigate a crime.

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  • Nextrevolution

    It is an obvious matter of logic that asking for identification to sell paint is not going to prevent or lessen any undesireable activity with the paint. This rule, like so many others, is simply government trying to indoctrinate people into bowing down and being watched and assaulted everywhere all the time!

  • nick

    i can buy a kitchen knife and kill a store full of people but i cant buy a mini can of paint.

  • Jess

    I bought a can of spray paint at a joanns back when I was 14 with no problem. I had no idea you had to be 18 o3o

  • Josh

    Well, I guess you’re 18 now, huh?

  • DJ Lil perky

    I’m 17 and bought spray paint from a local dollar general in Tennessee, no questions were asked

  • Charish Hamilton

    QUIT HUFFING THE SHIT THEN WE WOULDN’T HAVE THESE LAWS! STOP GIVING CASHIERS HARD TIMES WHEN THEY ARE JUST DOING THE JOBS! CASHIERS DON’T WANT TO GO TO JAIL AND GET FIRED ALL BECAUSE SOME ASSHOLE DOESN’T WANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO WHIP OUT THEIR IDS. THAT GOES FOR ALL THE OTHER SHIT THAT YOU HAVE TO BE 18 FOR. I REPECT THE LAW I HOPE THAT THE OVER 18 LAW GETS EVEN MORE STRICT. IF THEY FEEL THAT ITS PROTECTING THESE KIDS THEN MORE POWER TO THEM.

  • Porter Carr

    I think they just ask everyone so they don’t have to make an awkward decision on asking. But they should make acceptions for people that are obviously old.

  • Porter Carr

    I’m 13 and got cans by telling my mom I needed it for a school project. Week later I did a throw up on a factory. (A throw up is a type of graffiti tag) That law didn’t stop me from doing graffiti. But it sure did slow me down and make me do less of it.