I'm going to take a huge leap and guess that the UK Times is so Liberal that they're almost communist.
The island of formerly Great Briton is looking at letting homeowners defend themselves against burglars, house breakers and the like. Right now- they are jailed for defending themselves and their homes.
What's being proposed now is to let them defend themselves, but the headline takes it in a different direction.
Or, it could just be the English way of speaking.