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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

License to Shoot

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana () -- In a controversial move to crack down on carjacking, a new Louisiana law takes effect Friday allowing drivers fearful for their lives to shoot attackers trying to steal their cars.

The "shoot-the-carjacker" law, approved by the state legislature earlier this summer, is a companion to the 1993 "shoot-the-burglar" law that allowed residents to fire when they believe themselves to be in danger from an intruder.

Although no statistics appear to have been kept on the number of shootings of intruders since the 1993 burglar bill passed, one case garnered worldwide attention when a Japanese exchange student was shot to death by a homeowner after the youth knocked on the wrong door looking for a party.