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Lawmakers Vote to Expand Use of Deadly Force (Apr 18, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's so-called "Make my Day" law that allows homeowners to use deadly force against unlawful intruders would be expanded to businesses under a bill easily approved by the Senate.

The Senate voted 42-3 on Monday for the bill by Sen. David Meyers, R-Ponca City.

Oklahomans already are authorized under state law to use deadly force against an intruder who is "unlawfully and forcefully" entering a residence or occupied vehicle. Meyers' bill expands the provisions of that law to include places of business.

The bill specifically states that business owners who use deadly force under such conditions shall be immune from criminal prosecution or civil action.

The bill passed without debate.

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