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Business owners, managers and employees soon will be able to defend themselves when they have a reasonable fear they face death or great bodily harm.

Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday signed into law House Bill 1439, which expands the right to use deadly force when in fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm. It takes effect Nov. 1.

Rep. Steve Vaughan, the author of the measure, said he filed the bill partly because of a pharmacist who has been charged with first-degree murder after shooting a masked robber six times in May 2009 inside an Oklahoma City pharmacy.

Source: Michael Mcnutt for Newsok.com.

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