State Rep. Sue Tibbs was one of the sponsors of a bill that makes it unlawful for “any person to willfully fortify an access point into any dwelling, structure, building or other place where a felony offense prohibited by the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act is being committed, or attempted, and the fortification is for the purpose of preventing or delaying entry or access by a law enforcement officer, or to harm or injure a law enforcement officer in the performance of official duties.”

The law took effect Nov. 1.

The law states that to “fortify an access point” means to willfully construct, install, position, use or hold any material or device designed to injure a person upon entry or to strengthen, defend, restrict or obstruct any door, window or other opening into a dwelling, structure, building or other place to any extent beyond the security provided by a commercial alarm system, lock or deadbolt, or a combination of alarm, lock or deadbolt.

The law carries punishment of imprisonment of not more than five years or by a fine up to $10,000 or by both.

This law is too ambiguous. If the dwelling is already being used for illegal activites, then what exactly is the point? This smells fishy.

  1. The0ne says:

    China is so going to be pissed about this!

  2. Winston says:

    It’s just another law to pile on top of the charges the drug house occupants already face. “If you break the law, don’t make it more difficult for us to catch you.” I’m sure they’ll obey that one, right? However, they will continue to break all those other laws. Sheesh.

  3. Kenda says:

    You know that they will expand on this law so that it will later include any crime or suspected crime. So after they expand this stupid law possibly throughout the state, people wont even be able to fortify their homes to protect themselves from criminal break ins.
    This is a bad law. Cops just need to do their job and quit taking more freedoms away.

  4. Glenn E. says:

    So if the cops come crashing thru your door, by mistake. Instead of the crack house, next door. They can still fine you (or jail you!) for having anything but the flimsiest of doors. And all that helpful advice about how to prevent “home invasions”, by using dead bolt locks and steel doors. Apparently runs counter to this law.

    This bit of insanity, is about as bad as when they use to advice you to inscribe one’s Social Security Number on one’s valuables. So they could be ID’d by Pawn Shops. HA! As if that couldn’t be filed off. And your SSN is more valuable to thieves, than most of what they’ll steal from your home.

    So my advice is…. just wait a few years, and whatever advice you get today, will be completely wrong (and possibly illegal) by then. Especially if politicians sense you’ve got anything better than they got. Like a fortified home. Only they are allowed that luxury. So what’s next on the forbidden list, Burglar alarms?

  5. Christopher says:

    Would it be considered illegal too if your intention is to safeguard your house from potential criminals? Right now, what we normally see that houses have is just a thin plastic door that can be easily ripped apart. Screen doors or gates would be a good alternative to prevent criminals from gaining access to the house.