I'd like to ask your opinion about such tools as the PR 24 Baton, and the ASP telescoping Baton. I've been "informed" by local LEO that these are considered "lethal devices" and are unlawful for "civilians" to own or carry. These particular items can be purchased at a gunshow, online, or military surplus store and do not require form 4473.
I understand that if used "improperly" they can be lethal, but so can an aluminum softball bat or a fishing "priest".
If used properly, they can be a non-lethal use of protection, but woe to the civil lawsuit from the surviving perpetrator or family of say an unleashed animal that bites you while in performance of your duties around their property. Can criminal charges of assault be brought upon you if you employ said devices in the use of self-defense?
Edit: Please keep it to the aforementioned items and let's leave the pepper/mace sprays out of it for now, thank you.