Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Corbett signs expansion of lethal self-defense rights

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
HARRISBURG -- Gov. Tom Corbett has signed a bill to widen the right to use deadly force in self-defense.

Mr. Corbett signed the bill today in a private ceremony in his office at the Capitol.
The bill, which the Senate enacted last week, would expand the state's "castle doctrine" to allow the right to use a gun or other deadly force in self-defense in situations outside a person's home or business.

Currently, the use of deadly force is not justifiable if the person can safely retreat, except when the threat is made inside his or her home or business.

The legislation also limits certain civil liability in some cases for people who act within the guidelines.

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