First of all I live in California, and moving is not an option so please do not respond with that suggestion. My father recently passed away and left my step-mom with a pistol. Initially she was wanting to keep it and use it for home defense as she now lives alone. The gun has been hidden away for a long, long time for reasons I won't go into, but suffice it to say that she has never fired it and my Dad probably hadn't fired it for 20 years or so. I have been working with her in educating her on firearms safety and what she must do to remain legal in owning the gun. I spoke with her yesterday and she is now indicating that she does not feel that she would be comfortable having the gun in the house, but she does want something "just in case". I suggested that I could look into other "less than lethal" options for her. I am thinking of a Taser or a high quality pepper spray such as the Kimber unit. Does anybody have any advice to offer on either of those or something else (besides moving out of CA)? I am going to continue working with her and hopefully make her more comfortable with handling her revolver, and maybe over time she will be comfortable with having it in the house for its intended purpose. This has included and will continue to include having her over for shooting practice regularly. (OH, and if she does decide not to hang onto the gun it will end up being mine. I would prefer though that she keep it for her protection, just so you all know I do not have ulterior motives in presenting the alternatives to the gun.) Again, do not suggest that she move!