Please contact your state senator to support this bill:
HOUSE BILL NO. 1626 Offered January 10, 2007 Prefiled September 27, 2006 A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 18.2-91.1, relating to self defense and defense of others. ---------- Patrons-- Janis, Howell, A.T., Tata and Welch ---------- Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice ---------- Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 18.2-91.1 as follows:
§ 18.2-91.1. Use of physical force, including deadly force, against an intruder; justified self-defense.
Any person who lawfully occupies a dwelling is justified in using 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 harm.
Any occupant of a dwelling using physical force, including deadly physical force, as provided in this section shall be immune from civil liability for injuries or death of the other person who has unlawfully entered the dwelling that results from the use of such force.
It's passed in the house 95-4, and is on to the senate.
FYI, I'm a VA resident... just stationed in Wichita