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Associated Press

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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • Responsible Gun Owner

    This is a long time coming.

    Most people don’t know, but 9 out of 10 times a homeowner defends himself/herself, they’re gonna face a grand jury.

    Watch and see the crime rates go down.

  • Guest

    This should be at any location or place in life. Bring trouble to some one and you might pay the price. People can police them selves
    well enough… We just need to get a hold of Sen, Soles gun before
    he shoots the neighbors house again…. Just saying….


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