PA Castle Doctrine Bill in Judiciary Committee

One of the big announcements at the 2nd Amendment Rally was a push for a Pennsylvanian “Castle Doctrine” law.

State Senator Richard Alloway (R-33) has introduced critical self-defense reform legislation (Senate Bill 842) to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners in Pennsylvania.  This Castle Doctrine self-defense bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.SB842 would permit law-abiding citizens to use force, including deadly force, against an attacker in their homes and any places outside of their home where they have a legal right to be.  It is clearly stated that there would be no “duty to retreat” from an attacker, allowing law-abiding citizens to stand their ground to protect themselves and their family.  SB842 would also protect individuals from civil lawsuits by the attacker or the attacker’s family when force is used.

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2009&sessInd=0&billBody=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=0842&pn=0988

Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to support SB842.  Contact information for the committee can be found here.

H/T to NRA-ILA for links.

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  1. I thought the Castle Doctrine was a law that is standard throughout the land. Looks like I have more homework to do.

  2. The castle doctrine is an aspect of common law. However, some states have passed laws codifying it and further declaring the extent of it.

    See this is the issue usually, what is the extent. Does it include your yard? Does it include your car? If not, what about if you’re in your car on your yard.

    This bill expands the doctrine to cover car as well.


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