Changes to North Carolina's gun laws are now in effect.
As of December 1st, the Castle Doctrine Law, which defines the use of deadly force when someone breaks into a home, now says there's a presumption if you legally own a gun, deadly force is justified if someone breaks into your home, your car if you're in it, or your workplace.The previous version did not include vehicles or work.
Pitt County District Attorney Clark Everett told WITN why you no longer have to retreat from your home.
"That's why they call it the castle doctrine. It's your castle. You cannot be chased from your own home. This law expands that right to not have to retreat. It does away with the requirement you have to retreat before using deadly force."
Everett says It's important for gun owners to remember if a person has fled your home you can't chase them down and shoot them because they are no longer a threat.