Gun collector Mark Folmar says if someone broke into his home he’d be worried more about his family’s safety than possible legal consequences.
Mark says, "I would have to believe I was in danger to shoot somebody to begin with, and if I thought I was in enough danger, I could care less what the law was."
But fear of prosecution has kept others from even buying a gun, including people who came face to face with intruders.
Sen. Evelyn Lynn says police discouraged her from getting a gun even after she was awakened on two separate occasions by burglars.
“In each case I was told no, no, no, you don’t want to do that because then you would be accused of being the perpetrator."
Lynn is pushing a bill that expands your right to use force to protect your property.
You could shoot an intruder in your home or car, even a neighbor’s home.
Under the current law, you have to be in fear for your life or great bodily harm to shoot an intruder. This bill assumes anyone who breaks into your home is there to hurt you, and you’re justified in shooting.
But state attorney Willie Meggs says the bill opens the door to accidental shootings of people who may have entered your property by mistake, or a relative who forgot a key.
Willie Meggs says, "It would be very difficult to explain to the survivors of a completely innocent person why there’s no consequence to him being wrongfully shot."
But with several powerful legislators and the NRA backing the bill, it could be a straight shot to the governor’s desk.
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