Thread: HB1415 Castle Doctrine
I think this bill must have been written in crayon. I sure hope VCDL doesn't support it and end up with egg on their faces again.
HB 1415 Self-defense and defense of others; encodes version of "castle doctrine."
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Summary as introduced:
Castle doctrine. Encodes a version of the "castle doctrine," allowing the use of physical force, including deadly force, by a person in his dwelling against an intruder in the dwelling who has committed an overt act against him or another person who is lawfully in the dwelling, without civil liability and without limit to any other existing defense or immunity.Full text:
12/18/12 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100740D pdf
12/18/12 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100740D
12/18/12 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
I could live with it if:
"(i) the other person has unlawfully entered the dwelling and has committed an overt act toward the occupant or another person in the dwelling..." were changed to "... and has committed or threatened to commit...".
It does raise questions about limiting self defense actions to one's home (v garage, porch or patio, etc.), but it doesn't prohibit them.
I like the immunity provision, though.
Last edited by 2a4all; 01-10-2013 at 11:08 AM.
A law-abiding citizen should be able to carry his personal protection firearm anywhere that an armed criminal might go.
Member VCDL, NRA
define "OVERT ACT", because the courts will..
This bill is hogwash, and erodes our already effective common law protections.
"The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good"
-- George Washington
This is an extremely complex issue and the resident expert is User. He's the Attorney that's written the most acceptable Castle Doctrine bill to date. It has yet to be submitted but will at some point.
To be technical....This new bill sucks.
It's poorly written, shallow, restricting and dangerous.
Last edited by peter nap; 01-11-2013 at 09:09 PM.