The state House is aiming to ease gun laws in more than a dozen ways, including making clear that a carjacker or home-invader could be shot to death legally.
The House voted 77-38 on Tuesday to tentatively approve legislation that puts the burden of proof on prosecutors if there's a question whether a person was justified in firing at an intruder entering homes, cars or workplaces.
The measure also reduces the penalty for firearm possession on school grounds from a low-level felony to a misdemeanor and requires knowledge of wrongdoing. The bill would allow concealed-carry license holders to keep their pistol at hand at state-owned highway rest stops.
A property-rights debate between Republicans erased language that would have forced businesses to accept guns in the parked cars of permit-holders.
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