Add West Virginia to Castle Doctrine states!


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Crimp
March 16, 2008, 07:00 PM
Much thanks to our legislature and Governor, but especially the West Virginia Citizens Defense League:

On Wednesday, March 12, Governor Joe Manchin, (D) signed Senate Bill 145, West Virginia's "Castle Doctrine" bill, into law. SB145 will permit law-abiding citizens to use force, including deadly force, against an attacker in their homes and any places outside of their home where they have a legal right to be. It is clearly stated that there is no "duty to retreat" from an attacker, allowing law-abiding citizens to stand their ground to protect themselves and their family. SB145 also protects individuals from civil lawsuits by the attacker or the attacker's family when force is used. Please contact Governor Manchin and thank him for preserving your Second Amendment right to self-defense. The Governor can be reached by phone at (304) 558-2000 or email Governor@WVGov.org.

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hanno
March 16, 2008, 07:10 PM
Congrats and welcome to the club.

El Tejon
March 17, 2008, 08:34 AM
:confused:

Did West Virginia have a duty to retreat prior to this legislation, or is this merely recodifying what West Virginia law already stated?

nhhillbilly
March 17, 2008, 09:45 AM
I visit there often and am thinking about retiring there.

It is looking better and better.

Bubbles
March 17, 2008, 01:53 PM
Did West Virginia have a duty to retreat prior to this legislation, or is this merely recodifying what West Virginia law already stated?

Much of it codified case law BUT the civil immunity is new. Also, the law went into effect as soon as the governor signed it, not on July 1 as most laws.

Robert Hairless
March 17, 2008, 03:14 PM
Just as it should be. People have the right to be secure in their homes and wherever else they have a proper place. All states should acknowledge and reinforce that basic right.

The public should know that the Brady Campaign and its followers oppose their right to be safe in their own homes.

Congratulations to West Virginia for doing what is correct and humane.

ATAShooter
March 17, 2008, 06:54 PM
Virginia needs to follow suit.

novaDAK
March 17, 2008, 07:12 PM
Virginia needs to follow suit. I agree.

But it will get Vetoed by Citizen Kaine

bensdad
March 17, 2008, 07:16 PM
We here in the North Star State are happy for you. Our legislators just wasted a chance to do the right thing. :cuss:

rtmpgh
March 17, 2008, 07:41 PM
outstanding info ...

CZ-100
March 17, 2008, 08:54 PM
Great News!!!

One more down and many more to go....

Hanzerik
March 18, 2008, 01:49 AM
Add Wyoming also. Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal Signed it into law on 13 March

LAK Supply
March 18, 2008, 02:00 AM
I was just going to mention that.... it was stripped of it's "no duty to retreat" outside of one's home, but it did include relief from civil liability. Good thing too.... It's a sad day in America when a homeowner is successfully sued by a deceased burglar's family.

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