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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Some North Carolina lawmakers want to make it clear that people who feel threatened for their lives in their home, car or job by someone breaking in can use deadly force against the intruder.

A Senate judiciary panel voted unanimously Tuesday for a change in criminal law that would presume the person firing a weapon at an intruder believed he or others in a locked building were justified in the shooting. The law now only provides the ability for a homeowner to use deadly force, but the person may have to prove to police he was faced with a reasonable fear of death or bodily injury.

The bill would increase the options people have in protecting themselves.

The bill now goes to the full Senate.

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