Pass the state law today, as of October 1st you can use deadly force to stop a criminals advances in your yard, in the street, ect. You are required to try to exit the area first though, to avoid needing to use force. But if you have small children or such to protect, this will be added to your defence. Local law people first stated that they did not want the law in place - they now claim neuterality. There are thousands of people here licensed to carry hidden firearms, the criminals are now not going to be able to intimidate people as easily as before. Can you imagine how polite the public would become if everybody had a hogleg straped to their hip?