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The rantings of the USAian pro- and anti-RKBA factions, and the condescending lectures from those outside the U.S. aside: I would suggest you not consider it. You are correct in your observation that "times have changed," but the ways they've changed in the U.S. are the opposite of the ways they've changed in the rest of the world with respect to governments recognizing an individual right to self defense. If you get caught with a firearm in the vast majority of jurisdictions throughout the world outside the U.S.: The best you can probably hope for is they'll merely confiscate your firearm(s). As for inside the U.S.: Even that might be tricky. Most U.S. jurisdictions have prohibitions against carrying a concealed weapon, and having a loaded, ready-to-use firearm in your transportation is regarded by many jurisdictions as "carrying a concealed weapon."
Even if you were in U.S. waters, possessed a state-issued carry license, and that state's carry license was recognized and honoured by the jurisdiction you were in: Anything other than a concealed pistol might be a violation. (Michigan, where I live, issues Concealed Pistol Licenses," not concealed weapon licenses. The distinction is critical.) Note that violating U.S. state or federal weapons laws is often a felony.