Not for long in NC, December 1 it changes to this:here in NC, once a person is inside the house, it's trespassing... pointing a gun / pulling the trigger are just 2 different charges the police will put on you (can't use deadly force to prevent property theft). Pointing a weapon is assault. Pulling the trigger is the intent to kill / inflict serious injury.
Gov. Perdue signed into law House Bill 650, which expands the rights of North Carolinians who legally use their weapons.
"The laws are designed for law abiding people; not for felons," Andrews said. "Felons don't follow the law. The only thing the new law does is affect law abiding people."
The new law gives people more legal protection when they fire a weapon at an intruder whether they are at home, in their car or at the work place. North Carolinians will no longer fear prosecution in a situation where they feared for their safety and defended themselves.
"It makes it very clear that somebody that is lawfully acting and lawfully in their home and someone is unlawfully gaining access to that home is not going to be responsible on a criminal or civil basis," New Hanover Co. Assistant District Attorney Charity Wilson said.
Besides legally protecting citizens, the new law also lets concealed carry license holders have their gun in state parks. This worries citizens like Michael Fulp, who often walks in Carolina Beach State Park.