Tuesday, July 15, 2008

UK to Give Self-defense a Go

Have-a-go heroes get legal right to defend themselves - Telegraph After years of telling people to surrender to criminals, and years of rising crime - and unhappy citizens - the UK is once again allowing self-defense.
Home owners and “have-a go-heroes” have for the first time been given the legal right to defend themselves against burglars and muggers free from fear of prosecution.
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They will be able to use force against criminals who break into their homes or attack them in the street without worrying that "heat of the moment” misjudgements could see them brought before the courts.
As I have asked before, if someone in is my home at 3 AM, how do I judge their intent, other than to say what they intend, I probably don't like? What is reasonable force if I don't know how many there are or if they are armed?

This isn't a return of the common law Castle Doctrine, but it is a step in the right direction.

Given that it can take up to 3 days for police to respond to the scene of a crime, they really had to do something. 3 days? Why bother to call them at all.

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