Tulsa, Oklahoma residents are on a shooting spree this year, and apparently they’re doing something right.
Tulsa has had 11 homicides in 2015, nearly half of them by regular people acting legally in self-defense, Tulsa World reports.
“It’s been an odd year,” Tulsa police homicide Sgt. Dave Walker told Tulsa World. “I’m sure it will even out over the next 12 months, but, yeah … it’s been odd.”
This year’s slew of regular people defending themselves is a huge spike from the previous year. In 2014, only eight self-defense homicides occurred in Tulsa, and police were responsible for six. None of the homicides this year have been at the hands of police.
Oklahoma’s laws have broad protections for those who protect themselves. State statutes expanded in 2006 and 2011 to increase residents’ liberties in defending themselves. Oklahoma residents can fight back with deadly force if they believe a home intruder may physically attack them, even if they don’t fear for their life.
Essentially, if you break into a home in Oklahoma and start to, say, punch someone, they can kill you legally. In a wild Tulsa shooting, a store clerk killed two armed robbers who broke into his store guns blazing in January.