Grass Roots North Carolina, P.O. Box 10684, Raleigh, NC 27605
919-664-8565, www.grnc.org, GRNC Alert Hotline: (919) 562-4137
GRNC Alert 2-22-11:
SENATE COMMITTE PASSES STRONG CASTLE DOCTRINE
ACT NOW: BILL HEADS TO FLOOR TOMORROW!
Under guidance from Grass Roots North Carolina, the Senate Judiciary II Committee today passed SB 34: "Castle Doctrine" in a stronger version which could ultimately create the most comprehensive such law in the country.
Thanks to the efforts of Sens. Buck Newton (R-, GRNC ****) and Andrew Brock (R-Davie/Rowan, ****), an amendment was made to the bill to incorporate most of the desirable features of HB 74, plus an added protection against crime in the workplace.
GRNC Legislative Action Team members were heavily involved in improving the language of the bill, drafting and reviewing sections, and providing information to sponsors and committee members.
Speaking on behalf of the bill were Sens. Berger, Clary, Daniel, Newton, and Tucker. Raising questions about the bill were Sens. Dannelly and McKissick. Sen. Berger initially offered an amendment to remove workplaces, but later withdrew the amendment and voted for the bill. SB 34 passed unanimously.
Improvements made to SB 34 include:
* Presumption of reasonable fear of imminent death or great bodily injury when an attacker makes an unlawful and forcible entry not only of a home, but also a motor vehicle and a workplace. Beyond including the carjacking protection long-sought by GRNC, this may be the first law in the country to include the workplace among protected areas
* "No duty to retreat" before using deadly force in anyplace the victim has a lawful right to be.
* Protection against malicious prosecution: Police may not arrest a victim forced to use deadly force unless they have probable cause to believe the use of force was unjustified.
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED
The bill will now head for a vote on the Senate floor as early as tomorrow. You must immediately do two things:
* Use GRNC's automated e-mail to deliver your message to all "swing voters" in the NC Senate by going to:
* CALL your state senator
and tell him to support SB 34 in its present form. To find your senator's phone number, go to:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/ and select "View Member Info" in the upper righthand corner.
If you don't know who your state senator is, go to:
DELIVER THIS MESSAGE
In its present form, SB 34: "Castle Doctrine" will deter violent criminals and give lawful North Carolinians the tools to defend their families against predators. Castle Doctrine reinforces existing law by stipulating that when faced with a reasonable fear of death or great bodily injury, crime victims have no duty to retreat before using deadly force in self-defense. It is critical that such protects exist anywhere the victim has a lawful right to be. The bill also creates a presumption of such fear if an attacker unlawfully and forcibly enters a victim's home, vehicle or workplace.
I strongly urge you to support SB 34, and to oppose any attempt to weaken the bill. I will monitor legislators' actions on the bill via Grass Roots North Carolina alerts.
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