I am so glad we have classes on the use of deadly force as part of the NC Concealed Handgun Permit process. A man in GA left his car running to go into a convenience store and two people tried to steal the running car. The man opened fire and eventually one of the criminals died and so the man was charged with murder. You can protect yourself or others, but you cannot use deadly force to protect property. It is worth noting in NC if he had been in the car he could have legally shot either of the criminals had they tried to steal the car due to our Castle Doctrine laws. While you would hate to see someone drive off in your car, you must not use a firearm to stop them. I hope the man charged with murder is able to plea to a lesser sentence, but I’m afraid they may decide to make an example of his case which would most likely place him in jail for a very long time.

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