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Tear Gas Has Generated More Than $137M in US Sales in Last 3.5 Years

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Protesters and police stand off as tear gas is deployed in the streets on May 30, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 08 June 2020 07:41 PM

Safariland, the Florida-based police and military gear company that through its Defense Technology subsidiary manufactured the CS tear gas weapons used against protesters in Minneapolis and a number of other cities in the last week, has generated more than $137 million in sales from the U.S. government in the last three-and-a-half years, reports CBS.

The amount is a $54 million increase from the previous three-and-a-half-year period.

Tear gas, a chemical compound that can cause excessive tearing, burning or blurred vision, is banned in the battlefield. Some cities, including Seattle, Portland and Denver, have also suspended the use of tear gas to disperse crowds.

Two of the largest U.S. producers of tear gas are owned by private equity firms, including Safariland and Combined Systems of Jamestown, Pennsylvania.

The Department of Justice in 2019 bought 160 canisters of Spede-Heat, a chemical grenade that discharges a payload of gaseous chemicals and cause severe burning in the nose, eyes and chest for 10-20 minutes to those exposed.

The canisters, manufactured by Safariland subsidiary Defense Technology, cost about $26 each.

There is no federal tracking of tear gas usage by U.S. law enforcement, but Safariland, led owner Warren Kanders, is a market leader in the industry.

Kanders, a former investment banker is reportedly worth an estimated $700 million. The company, which has an estimated revenue of $500 million, sells body armor, riot gear and other protective gear.

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