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Fallin Signs Self-defense Rights Legislation (Apr 25, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation into law that expands the self-defense rights of Oklahomans to include their workplaces.

The measure by Rep. Steven Vaughan and Sen. David Myers, both of Ponca City, was signed by Fallin on Monday.

The bill expands a person's right to use deadly force when in fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm, extending that right from their home to their place of business. The bill takes effect on Nov. 1.

Fallin says passage of the measure is a victory for law-abiding Oklahomans and gun owners and a defeat for the criminals who would threaten them.

In 2006, lawmakers passed legislation that expanded self-defense rights from the home to other places, including someone else's home, a vehicle or a street corner.

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