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Monday, January 25, 2010

"Castle Doctrine" Bills Scheduled for Subcommittee Today

Two weeks into the General Assembly and we are starting to see quick action on some important legislation. Two pro gun bills are scheduled to be heard this afternoon in the House Courts of Justice Criminal Subcommittee. The subcommittee meets 1/2 hour after the session adjourns today.

Scheduled to be heard are HB 251 and HB 854. Both are versions of the "Castle Doctrine" and protects a person legally occupying a dwelling from civil liability when they use any degree of physical force, including deadly physical force, against another person when the other person has unlawfully entered the dwelling, has committed an overt act toward the occupant or another person in the dwelling, and the occupant reasonably believes he or another person in the dwelling is in imminent danger of bodily injury.

Castle Doctrine legislation has passed the House in the past and died in the State Senate. This is a priority for VSSA and we will be working very hard on these bills.

UPDATE: No action was taken on these bills in subcommittee today.

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