A bill that could have expanded when a person can use deadly force to protect their property failed in the North Dakota house today  49-41 

Currently, the law states that it is legal to retreat or have the aggressor retreat and in the case of danger, it is lawful to use deadly force to protect yourself or others.

This current bill proposed was to allow the use of deadly force if there is theft or damage to your property. You can understand the reasons it failed. It was more of a property defense bill than a life defense bill.

There are arguments on both sides of the fence on this one with one of them being a farmer with animals that could be harmed as opposed someone who just sneaked onto the property to key a car or other forms of vandalism and theft.

That's probably the reason for the somewhat close vote.