Business Defense

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma state lawmaker wants to give
business owners the option of using deadly force in defense of
their commercial enterprises. But a prosecutor says the
legislator's proposal wouldn't allow anything more than is already
permitted by law.
State Sen. Joe Sweeden, D-Pawhuska, says his measure would
extend the state's "Make My Day" law to businesses, supporters
say. Sweeden said he wrote the legislation partly because of an
Oklahoma City case last year in which pharmacist Jerome Ersland
shot and killed would-be robber Antwun Parker at the Reliable
Discount Pharmacy. Parker fell after being shot once, and police
say Ersland then shot him several more times.
But Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said
Sweeden's bill wouldn't change current law. Prater said any person
in their home or business, where they have a lawful right to be,
can use deadly force if someone is attempting to harm them.


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