OKLAHOMA CITY -- Governor Mary Fallin signed into law Monday a bill that would expand a citizen's right to use deadly force if threatened.
Current law allows individuals to use deadly force only in their homes; House Bill 1439 expands that right to include their place of business.
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.
The bill will take effect November 1, 2011.
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.