The last thing I want to do is offend the politically correct sensibilities of some on this forum or hijack this into a “weapons” thread.
That said, I’d like to point out that these days defense of oneself and property is a very precarious endeavor no matter where you are.
It is nearly impossible to effectively understand the myriad of weapons laws in the fifty states of the U.S., much less foreign laws. A Taser expels a projectile under pressure and is therefore classified as a firearm in many jurisdictions. You could easily find yourself in as much trouble possessing a Taser as you would if you had been toting an AK-47.
Even your cheap
plastic Orion flare gun is considered a firearm in several jurisdictions (including New York
City – with a mandatory one year in jail for adhering to Coast Guard regulations).
Unfortunately, modern life holds many pitfalls and dangers – sadly as many from our governments as from the criminal element.