I just finished reading a Dean Koontz book "The Good Guy" and here is what the 2 good guys do - they throw decorative pillows up the stairway! It should work in reverse just as well.
Now before you say anything these 2 guys are ex Marines and one is a PO so that MUST be the correct action.
I won't tell you what happened so as not to spoil the book for you.
BTW, they stocked up with three pillows because a smart bad guy might not fall for the pillow toss on the first try but by the third one he just can't resist - Dean must get this theory from the Roger Rabbit movie where the old shave and a haircut bit always draws the rabbit out!
Dean is getting better tho - his last couple novels featured Kahr pistols no more Korths.
You cannot arm slaves and expect them to remain slaves, nor can you disarm a free people and expect them to remain free.