A great day for firearm owners here in NC. Legislation goes into effect Dec. 1 and it's about time, finally someone is getting it right. The changes now shift the burden of proof from the homeowner to the prosecution in cases where deadly force was used in a home invasion. 1)-The old laws state that once an intruder enters your home, you have to prove he was there with the intent to commit a felony (even though his unauthorized presence in your home IS a felony) before you are allowed to use deadly force. From a legal standpoint, you were much better off shooting him through the door BEFORE he gains access (count how many basic gun rules that breaks!) as his attempts to access your home are considered felonious. With the burden of proof shifting to the prosecution, your use of force will not be dissected at every turn in court and no jury that I know of will side with the guy that just kicked in your door. Then again, you never know... 2)- The changes also apply to your vehicle as well. Your car door is one in the same as your front or back door (or window for that matter) in your home, which the same rules for deadly force apply. 3)- In public, (not in your car) before the changes, you are under obligation to retreat when a significant threat presents itself...not anymore!!! As long as the threat is there, you no longer are obligated to turn tail and flee and are well within the law to defend yourself. Removing yourself from a dangerous situation is ALWAYS the best thing to do but sometimes, you just can't, and I'm grateful the NC legislature sees it the same way. Don't know how many firarmstalk users here in NC have heard about the changes, just thought I'd throw it out there. Always check your local laws yourself on the state website and BE INFORMED!!! Don't just listen to some guy (me) on the internet!!