How can the normal Joe protect themselves and what are some of the laws regulating this in the UK? This is also the case in Chicago and Australia to name a few. Thank you.
It depends what part of the UK you are in. In most of the uk you need a reason for getting a firearm hunting target shooting etc. Self defence is not a recognised as a good reason. In the part of the uk that i live in handguns can be got for self defence under certin circumstances and for target shooting. But the circumstances here are a bit different than the rest of the uk that's why handguns can be obtained for self defence. Example bellow today's news Quote
Police believe dissident republicans were within minutes of firing four mortar bombs which were found in a van stopped by officers in Londonderry on Sunday night.
The van had its roof cut back to allow the mortars to be fired. You can see the 4 mortars being examined in the photo they were designed to be fired trough the roof of the van.
The threat level at the moment In Northern Ireland it is Severe - this means that a terrorist attack is highly likely. www.homeoffice.gov.uk