Friday, February 16, 2007

Castle Doctrine Advances in 2 States

Missouri and New Mexico consider changes

Carlsbad Current-Argus - Bill would help us defend ourselves
Perhaps the most interesting one of the lot is House Bill 163, officially titled Justifiable Use of Defense Force. It's also known as the Castle Doctrine - as in "a man's home is his castle." And yes, it entails exactly what you might imagine, the proposition that a New Mexican should have the right to use force - even deadly force - in defending his home, his life, his family or his property if he has a reasonable fear of imminent death or great bodily harm. The bill would apply to illegal and forcible entry of a home, its immediate premises or a vehicle.
They are also considering stiffer penalties for using a gun in a crime, and some minor changes to concealed carry.

Columbia Missourian - Deadly force bill revived
The bill would in most cases make an intruder’s mere presence grounds for using deadly force.
Not Stand Your Ground, but it does include vehicles.

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