Mississippi - NRA Backed Ross-Doxey Self-Defense Bill


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A. Patriot
January 11, 2006, 04:41 PM
http://www.nraila.org/News/Read/Releases.aspx?ID=7057

NRA-Backed Ross-Doxey Self-Defense Bill
Introduced in Mississippi

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Fairfax, VA – Today, Mississippi Senators Charlie Ross (R-Brandon) and Ralph Doxey (R-Holly Springs) introduced the NRA-supported “Castle Doctrine” self-defense bill with 30 Senate co-sponsors. The Ross-Doxey Bill (SB 2426) is based on Florida’s 2005 landmark self-defense law.



“Law-abiding Mississippians are off to a good start this year with the introduction of the Ross-Doxey self-defense bill,” NRA Chief Lobbyist Chris W. Cox stated. “Mississippi courts have consistently recognized the ‘stand your ground’ principle - both inside and outside the home - since the late 1800s. The full burden of the criminal justice system should fall on the criminal and not on the victim, and this bill would codify it into law.”



The "Castle Doctrine" bill simply says that if a criminal breaks into your home, your occupied vehicle or your place of business, you may presume he is there to do bodily harm and therefore, you may use necessary force against him.



The bill also removes the “duty to retreat” if you are attacked in any place you have a legal right to be.



Furthermore, this legislation provides protection from criminal prosecution and civil litigation for those who defend themselves from criminal attack.



“We would like to thank the numerous co-sponsors of this bill and, in particular, Senators Charlie Ross and Ralph Doxey for introducing this vital legislation. We urge Mississippians to contact their representatives to support this self-defense law. And, with their help, we eagerly look forward to the day when judges and prosecutors are required to protect victims’ rights,” concluded Cox.

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The actual bill can be found at: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2006/pdf/SB/2400-2499/SB2426IN.pdf

Changes in current law are underlined.

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fletcher
January 11, 2006, 04:49 PM
Hopefully "stand your ground" laws become a trend.

Standing Wolf
January 11, 2006, 08:01 PM
Go, Mississippians!

Borachon
January 11, 2006, 11:36 PM
Go, Mississippians!

I really didn't need a law to do what comes naturally to us...but thank you anyway.:D

mcooper
January 11, 2006, 11:48 PM
Um...I have never read in MS law that we have a duty to retreat...in fact. In many cases here where a homeowner shot a home invader...the homeowner was never even brought to grand jury.



...maybe I'm wrong...could anyone else shed more light on this

Kim
January 11, 2006, 11:49 PM
The NRA plan to take this nationally. Oh I forgot the NRA NEVER does anything for the 2nd amendment.

Gifted
January 11, 2006, 11:57 PM
How many states have a law like this on the books now?

kage genin
January 12, 2006, 02:19 AM
I think regardless of whether a state has a 'duty to retreat' or not, this is a very good thing. This brings nationwide attention to some very twisted reasoning that we see taken to the extreme in the UK, where burgulars injured breaking into your home can sue for creating hazardous working conditions. We already see elements of this in some states in the USA, where a crook (or their family) will sue a justified shooter. While the justified defender will usually prevail in court, they still lose out in legal costs, time, and frustration.

These 'castle doctrine' laws effectively end what some call "problem 3", aka civil liability. That is a problem that shouldn't even exist in the first place.

I've very happy for the Mississipians, and the Floridians :D This reaffirms my faith a bit in the NRA too. I'm glad to see them focus more on defensive use of firearms instead of hunting and sport shooting.

beerslurpy
January 12, 2006, 02:42 AM
What are the problems again? Let me know if there are more past 3 or if I got any wrong.

Problem number:
1) defeating the goblin without suffering greivous harm
2) getting cops + prosecutor to agree it was a good shoot
3) defeating civil suits brought by goblin/next of kin
4) ?
5) profit

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