New Texas Gun Law


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doubleg
April 1, 2007, 07:27 PM
Dont know if this is a duplicate but...

By Ed Stoddard

DALLAS (Reuters) - Criminals in Texas beware: if you threaten someone in their car or office, the citizens of this state where guns are ubiquitous have the right to shoot you dead.

Governor Rick Perry's office said on Tuesday that he had signed a new law that expands Texans' existing right to use deadly force to defend themselves "without retreat" in their homes, cars and workplaces.

"The right to defend oneself from an imminent act of harm should not only be clearly defined in Texas law, but is intuitive to human nature," Perry said on his Web site.

The new law, which takes affect on September 1, extends an exception to a statute that required a person to retreat in the face of a criminal attack. The exception was in the case of an intruder unlawfully entering a person's home.

The law extends a person's right to stand their ground beyond the home to vehicles and workplaces, allowing the reasonable use of deadly force, the governor's office said.

The reasonable use of lethal force will be allowed if an intruder is:

- Committing certain violent crimes, such as murder or sexual assault, or is attempting to commit such crimes

- Unlawfully trying to enter a protected place

- Unlawfully trying to remove a person from a protected place.

The law also provides civil immunity for a person who lawfully slays an intruder or attacker in such situations.

Texas joins several other states including Florida that have or are considering similar laws.

Sympathy for violent offenders and criminals in general runs low in Texas, underscored by its busy death row. The state leads the United States in executions with 388 since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 by the U.S. Supreme Court.

A conservative political outlook and widespread fondness for hunting also means Texans are a well-armed people capable of defending themselves with deadly force.

It is easy to acquire guns over the counter in Texas and lawful to carry a concealed handgun with a permit.

http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN2721289620070327?pageNumber=2

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TIMC
April 1, 2007, 09:34 PM
We never had to retreat in Texas. In short this is just clarifying the law and makes a justified shooter immune fron civil action. Should be that way everywhere!

Prince Yamato
April 1, 2007, 10:12 PM
A conservative political outlook and widespread fondness for hunting also means Texans are a well-armed people capable of defending themselves with deadly force.

no... a respect for the sanctity of life and the second ammendment are why Texans are a well-armed people capable of defending themselves...

bluecowdawg
April 1, 2007, 10:28 PM
I'm glad I live here:)

DWARREN123
April 1, 2007, 10:50 PM
Why should anyone have to retreat? If you are up to no good then you deserve what you get!

MechAg94
April 2, 2007, 12:41 AM
Sympathy for violent offenders and criminals in general runs low in Texas, underscored by its busy death row. The state leads the United States in executions with 388 since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Honestly, that fact that this statement has to be made doesn't speak well for the US IMHO. That is one statistic I am not upset about.

TCUGLOCKER
April 2, 2007, 03:55 AM
I'm pretty sure we have a higher rate of executions than the entire rest of the country combined; laws like these are reminders of why I love/stay in Texas, and you people are the reason I feel like I understand how things work here; When someone threatens your right to live, they forfeit theirs: simplicity that many states fail to grasp.

DougW
April 2, 2007, 05:38 PM
I guess we could issue a VISA to an Al-Reuters Investigative Journalist and allow him/her to enter Sovereign Texas Soil to confirm the existance of these unknown up until now Free People. The "reporter" is rather incredulous about Texas and it's Gun Owners. I sure am glad I live here! The truth be known most are "GUNS" owners.:D :neener:

And, if you do the crime here in Texas, you will pay the price.:what: :evil: :evil: :fire:

BB93YJ
April 3, 2007, 12:35 AM
Like ol' Tater Tot said, "We got an Express Lane here in Texas" for Death Row.

Tater Tot would be an alias of Ron White, for those that don't appreciate and are not familiar with the fine highbrow humor of the trio of good ol' boys that comprise the Blue Collar Comedy Tour...

Git 'er done...:D

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