North America Non-lethal Weapons Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The North America Non-lethal Weapons Market is segmented by Type (Area Denial, Ammunition, Explosives, Gases and Sprays, Directed Energy Weapons, and Electro-Shock Weapons), Application (Law Enforcement and Military), and Geography. The report offers market size and forecasts for all the above segments by value (USD billion).

Market Snapshot

North American Non-Lethal Weapons Market Overview
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >3 %

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Market Overview

The North American non-lethal weapons market is estimated to register a CAGR of over 3% during the forecast period.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has not substantially affected the non-lethal weapons market's growth. In several countries, non-lethal weapons were employed to dissolve the crowd during the lockdowns. In 2021, Protests associated with Capitol attacks and racial unrest heightened the purchase of non-lethal weapons in the United States, the largest market for non-lethal weapons.

Increasing political tensions and armed violence have resulted in governments worldwide taking provisions and equipping the military and the police forces with non-lethal weapons. Occurrences of civilian violence and clashes with armed forces in the North American region have led to the deployment of non-lethal weapons. The growth in riots in the region might drive the demand for non-lethal weapons as law enforcement agencies try to decrease fatalities and casualties in such incidents, which may help the market during the forecast period.

Furthermore, technological advancements, in terms of non-lethal weapons, by various players across several countries in the region are expected to provide growth opportunities for the market during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

Non-lethal weapons can cause pain/irritation to humans on contact either to the skin or any of the human senses, without any permanent damage to any of the reasons or bodily functions of humans.

The North American Non-Lethal Weapons Market is segmented based on Type, Application, and Geography. The market is segmented by Area Denial, Ammunition, Explosives, Gases and Sprays, Directed Energy Weapons, and Electro-Shock Weapons. By Application, the market is segmented into Law Enforcement and Military. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the market in major countries across the North American region. The market sizing and forecasts for each segment have been represented based on value (USD million).

Area Denial
Rubber Bullets
Wax Bullets
Plastic Bullets
Bean Bag Rounds
Sponge Grenade
Flash Bang Grenades
Sting Grenads
Gases and Sprays
Water Canons
Scent-based Weapons
Pepper Sprays
Directed Energy Weapons
Electroshock Weapons
Law Enforcement
United States

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Key Market Trends

The Ammunition Segment is Expected to Register the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period

Currently, the ammunition segment has the highest share out of all the segments. Technological advancements in non-lethal weapon technologies are expected to increase demand for related ammunition such as rubber bullets, bean bag rounds, and smoke munitions in the region. Non-lethal weapons, such as rubber bullets and tear gas, have become standard tools for the police forces to control civilian protests. The law enforcement agencies use tactics and tools, such as handheld impact weapons (police batons, expandable batons, nunchakus), tasers and other electronic stun devices, and chemical agents, such as OC and CS, to subdue combative subjects and protect themselves and others from a potential threat. The effective use of such options requires officers to be near their opponent, which increases the risk to officers and, thus, presents the possibility that an altercation may escalate to a point where deadly force becomes necessary. Hence, to reduce the likelihood of such an altercation, law enforcement agencies are rapidly adopting high-impact ammunition, such as wooden dowels, foam rubber projectiles, and small bean bags, to disperse the violent crowd from a distance. For instance, in April 2021, the city of Pittsburgh requested a Formal Invitation for Bids of various less-lethal weapons for the Pittsburgh Police force. The request included thousands of projectile beanbags, hundreds of sponge rounds, dozens of tear gas canisters, and other less-lethal weapons. Such ongoing advancements and procurements of ammunition for less-lethal weapons are expected to boost the growth of this segment.

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The United States is Expected to Experience the Highest Growth

The North American non-lethal weapons market is driven by an increase in violence-related incidents in the United States and the subsequent demand for non-lethal weapons by law enforcement agencies to contain the situation effectively. Moreover, growing issues regarding personal safety may lead to the growth of the non-lethal weapons market in the United States. Additionally, the US Department of Defence (DoD) is now focusing on developing non-lethal weapons to minimize the probability of fatalities and permanent injuries. The use of non-lethal weapons by the US Army is increasing as they are essential in places where the army cannot engage targets that are located or positioned such that the application of lethal, destructive fires is prohibitive or would be counter-productive to the initial goal and objective. The Joint Intermediate Force Capabilities Office is currently working on inducting a kit for the standard remotely operated weapon station (CROWS) with laser or acoustic device, production of 81mm flashbang munition for the US Marine Corps., and millimeter-wave active denial systems, among others. Such investments of law enforcement authorities and armed forces for developing and deploying non-lethal weapons are expected to drive the growth of this market during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The market for North American non-lethal weapons is slightly fragmented, with several players providing various types of less-lethal weapons to military and law-enforcement agencies. Some prominent North American non-lethal weapons market players are Lamperd Inc., Pepperball Technologies Inc., Genasys Inc., Axon Enterprise Inc., and Safariland LLC. To increase the market share, the companies are implementing merges and acquisition strategies by acquiring companies that complement their existing product portfolio. For instance, Byrna Technologies Inc. announced that the company completed the acquisition of Mission Less Lethal from Kore (US) Outdoor Inc. in May 2021. Mission Less Lethal is one of the US-based manufacturers of shoulder-fired .68 caliber non-lethal launchers for law enforcement and other security agencies. The companies are also introducing product innovation initiatives to strengthen their market presence. On this note, in May 2022, Verus Research received a small business innovative research (SBIR) contract from the US Department of Defence Joint Intermediate Force Capabilities Office (JIFCO) that provided funds to develop broadband counter-electronics weapon (BCEW). The BCEW is a long-range non-lethal weapon that is expected to be used for stopping vehicles and vessels. Such agreements for developing new less-lethal weapons are expected to help the companies increase their regional footprint.

Recent Development

In November 2021, Spokane Police Department approved the procurement of various types of Byrna Less-Lethal launchers, including 200 Byrna less-lethal Tactical Compact Rifles (TCR) and 39,000 rounds of Byrna non-lethal ammunition and accessories. The rifles will be provided to Sheriff's Office patrol division, SWAT Team, and their TAC Unit.

In February 2021, San Jose City Council introduced new TASER models, tether launchers, and pepper gel that will be used to restrain aggressors. The new less-lethal weapons are planned to reduce the deployment of batons, guns, and rubber bullets, for crowd control.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size and Forecast by Value - USD million, 2018 - 2027)

    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Area Denial

        1. Anti-vehicle

        2. Anti-personnel

      2. 5.1.2 Ammunition

        1. Rubber Bullets

        2. Wax Bullets

        3. Plastic Bullets

        4. Bean Bag Rounds

        5. Sponge Grenade

      3. 5.1.3 Explosives

        1. Flash Bang Grenades

        2. Sting Grenads

      4. 5.1.4 Gases and Sprays

        1. Water Canons

        2. Scent-based Weapons

        3. Teargas

        4. Pepper Sprays

      5. 5.1.5 Directed Energy Weapons

      6. 5.1.6 Electroshock Weapons

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Law Enforcement

      2. 5.2.2 Military

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 United States

      2. 5.3.2 Canada


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Lamperd Inc.

      2. 6.2.2 Combined Systems Inc.

      3. 6.2.3 NonLethal Technologies Inc.

      4. 6.2.4 Pepperball Technologies Inc.

      5. 6.2.5 Bruzer Less Lethal

      6. 6.2.6 PACEM Solutions International

      7. 6.2.7 Axon Enterprise Inc.

      8. 6.2.8 Condor Non-Lethal Technologies

      9. 6.2.9 Safariland LLC

      10. 6.2.10 Mace Security International Inc.


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Frequently Asked Questions

The North America Non Lethal Weapons Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The North America Non Lethal Weapons Market is growing at a CAGR of >3% over the next 5 years.

Genasys, Inc, Safariland LLC, Axon Enterprise, Inc., Pepperball Technologies, Inc. (UTS United Tactical Systems, LLC), Lamperd, Inc. are the major companies operating in North America Non Lethal Weapons Market.

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