From El Capitain Perry, no less:
DALLAS (Reuters) - Criminals in Texas beware: if you threaten someone in their car or office, the citizens of this state where guns are ubiquitous have the right to shoot you dead.
Governor Rick Perry's office said on Tuesday that he had signed a new law that expands Texans' existing right to use deadly force to defend themselves "without retreat" in their homes, cars and workplaces.
Essentially what this means is, if you shoot someone in self defense, you cannot be prosecuted criminally OR in civil court.
Here's the rules:
The reasonable use of lethal force will be allowed if an intruder is:
- Committing certain violent crimes, such as murder or sexual assault, or is attempting to commit such crimes
- Unlawfully trying to enter a protected place
- Unlawfully trying to remove a person from a protected place.
The law also provides civil immunity for a person who lawfully slays an intruder or attacker in such situations.
And I love this little quote from Reuters:
A conservative political outlook and widespread fondness for hunting also means Texans are a well-armed people capable of defending themselves with deadly force.
You can almost hear the shock and outrage at this offense to their liberal sensibilities. To paraphrase:
"Your ability to defend yourself angers and confuses me! I will now retreat to my corner and await the police!"