Friday, February 12, 2010

The Castle Doctrine. What it is and why your state needs it.

The Castle Doctrine, in the simplest terms gives the law abiding, licensed firearm carrier two valuable rights.
1. While in a place that you have every right to reside such as your home, vehicle or place of business, you have the right to stand your ground if threatened by a violent criminal, even if that puts you in a position to use deadly force to protect yourself or your family. You are not required by law to flee, if the opportunity presents itself.
2. Neither the perpetrator that you shoot, nor their family has the legal right to sue you for damages.
The following states already have this law, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming.
The following states DO NOT HAVE THE CASTLE DOCTRINE! California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin,
If you are a resident of one of these states that do not have the Castle Doctrine, I strongly recommend that you contact your governor, local representatives, your state Rifle Association (if you have one) and the National Rifle Association asking for their help in passing the extremely valuable law in your state.

Here is a link to an example of a Castle Doctrine law from the state of Texas. Most state Castle Doctrine laws are similar in wording.

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