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Burden about deadly force shifts in NC Senate bill

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina residents would be presumed to have properly used deadly force when an intruder breaks into their home, car or business under legislation getting preliminary approval in the Senate.

The Senate voted 37-13 on Thursday to expand what is called the "castle doctrine," making it one of the more comprehensive in the country.

The current law only applies to a home. A homeowner who fires at an intruder is more likely to have to prove to police a shooting was proper.

Sen. Andrew Brock of Mocksville says the bill puts into law what most people already believe - they have a right to defend themselves. Other senators say the measure goes too far.

A final Senate vote could come Monday.

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

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