MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Governor Riley signed legislation today that puts Alabama among a growing number of states giving new legal protection to people who kill intruders in their homes, businesses and vehicles.
The new law deletes language from state law that says a person should not use deadly force during a break-in if he or she can "avoid using force with complete safety."
The new law was pushed by the National Rifle Association. It follows the passage of similar laws in Florida, Indiana, South Dakota and Mississippi. NRA lobbyist Chris Cox says the pendulum had been swinging toward criminals for too long and now it's swinging back toward crime victims.
Ronald Jackson of People United in Birmingham says the legislation will lead to more gun violence. He says it also sends the wrong message about Alabama because it implies that crime is out of control in Alabama.