Expanding Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine

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The Senate Judiciary Committtee found enough to like about an expanded Castle Doctrine in Pennsylvania to pass the measure on its way for full consideration by the Senate.

The Bill (SB 273) removes a passage known as “duty to retreat,” which means that if a person is threatened in a place he has every right to be he could use deadly force if there is reason to believe imminent danger is present.

The bill’s sponsor, Senator Richard ALloway II, (R-33) said it will provide protection against criminal prosecution or civil litigation for gun owners and others who are truly carrying out an act of self-defense.

“This is an important step to help protect responsible, law-abiding gun owners who take action to prevent violent crime,” Alloway said. “I am thankful that my colleagues on the committee supported this legislation to ensure that gun owners who act in self-defense will not be subjected to legal consequences for protecting the lives of innocent citizens.”

The General Assembly passed legislation expanding the Castle Doctrine in 2010 by an overwhelming margin, but then-Governor Rendell vetoed the bill. Governor Tom Corbett has voiced his support for expanding the Castle Doctrine to protect lawful gun owners.

The bill will now be sent to the full Senate for consideration.

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