Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Step Off, Critter

DALLAS (Reuters) - Criminals in Texas beware : if you threaten someone in their car or office, the citizens ... have the right to shoot you dead.

Governor Rick Perry's office said on Tuesday that he had signed a new law that expands Texans' existing right to use deadly force to defend themselves "without retreat" in their homes, cars and workplaces.

The reasonable use of lethal force will be allowed if an intruder is :

... - Unlawfully trying to enter a protected place ...

Texas (which "leads the United States in executions with 388 since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 by the U.S. Supreme Court") joins several other states including Florida that have or are considering similar laws.

In other words, only rob unprotected homes or business establishments : no fences, no guard dogs, no locks allowed. But you can still bring your gun.


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