A new law takes effect Dec. 1 and provides more leeway for gun owners who defend themselves.
The changes to the Castle Doctrine Law put fewer expectations on crime victims to try to run before they fight back with deadly force. The law also expands where someone can defend themselves to include their car and workplace.
The modifications also ease the civil liability a person has if they shoot and kill or injure someone who is committing a crime against them.
Starting Dec. 1, North Carolina will also expand its handgun permit reciprocity. That means a valid concealed handgun permit issued in another state will be valid in North Carolina, regardless of whether that state accepts a North Carolina issued permit.