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NRA-Backed Ross-Doxey Self-Defense Bill <br> 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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