Monday, April 25, 2011

Fallin Signs Self Defense Expansion Bill

Governor Fallin today signed into law a bill that expands the right to use deadly force when a person is in fear of "imminent peril of death or great bodily harm."

Authored by Rep. Steven Vaughan and Senator David Myers, the bill expands the right to use deadly force. Current law allows individuals to use deadly force only in their homes; the new law expands that right to include their place of business.

The bill takes effect on November 1.

“Oklahomans have the right to feel safe and defend themselves in their homes and now, with the passage of this law, in their workplaces as well. This measure represents a victory for law-abiding citizens and gun owners and a defeat for the criminals who would threaten them,” Fallin said.

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