Breathing new life into the Castle

Posted by By at 26 January, at 16 : 45 PM Print

Try and try again and that is the mantra Senator Richard Alloway (R-33) has taken up in regard to the Castle Doctrine. The measure that would protect gun owners who act in self-defense just can not seem to find the light of day in Pennsylvania.

In 2010, the General Assembly passed a measure to expand the doctrine, but then Governor Rendell vetoed the bill. Alloway believes he has found a firm supporter in Governor Tom Corbett.

Alloway’s proposal aims to remove the words “duty to retreat,” (SB273),which means that a would be victim acting in self defense would have protection under the law, whether they are in a house or a car. “The bill would provide important protections against criminal prosecution or civil litigation for those who act to defend themselves,” Alloway said.

Still it is not open license to hurt or kill someone in the name of self defense. Under the measure, an individual would still need to demonstrate a reasonable belief that he or she was in imminent danger in order to use lethal force.

“Responsible gun owners should not have to fear criminal prosecution or civil lawsuits if they take action to stop criminals who pose a real threat to human life,” Alloway said. “The General Assembly approved similar legislation last year, and I am very optimistic that we can see this bill signed into law this year.”

(To hear part of the bill in Senator Alloway’s own words click on Rock The Capital.)

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