Category Archive 'Castle Doctrine'

22 Nov 2010

General Assembly Passes Self Defense Bill in Pennsylvania

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The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has passed a bill rejecting the “obligation to retreat” theory and vigorously affirming the right of self defense.

Philadelphia Inquirer:

“The General Assembly finds that:

“(1) It is proper for law-abiding people to protect themselves, their families and others from intruders and attackers without fear of prosecution or civil action for acting in defense of themselves and others.

“(2) The castle doctrine is a common-law doctrine of ancient origins which declares that a home is a person’s castle.

“(3) … The Constitution of Pennsylvania guarantees that the ‘right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned.’

“(4) Persons residing in or visiting this commonwealth have a right to expect to remain unmolested within their homes or vehicles.

“(5) No person should be required to surrender his or her personal safety to a criminal, nor should a person be required to needlessly retreat in the face of intrusion or attack outside the person’s home or vehicle.”

The question is whether democrat, pro-Gun Control Governor Edward Rendell will sign the bill, or defy strong public support by vetoing it.

If the bill passes into law, watch crime rates plummet in Pennsylvania.


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