For gun rights supporters like Rich Banks of Mountain Top, a new state law to widen the right to use deadly force in self-defense "allows good people to protect themselves."

Critics say the expansion of the "Castle Doctrine" was unnecessary, that Pennsylvanians already had the right to protect themselves if their life was in jeopardy and the law could cause more violent confrontations.

. . . Even with the changes of the law, people only can use deadly force if "absolutely necessary," said Banks, a federal gun dealer from Fairview Township and a member of the pro-gun group, [and founder of].

"You can't shoot first and ask questions later. You have to have a threat of immediate serious injury," Banks said. "If someone threatens you with a firearm out in public, you could respond with deadly force without worrying about being sued."

The law isn't going to protect people with a "Wild West" mentality, he said
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