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Missouri Governor Signs Castle Doctrine, Hunting Preservation Bills Into Law

Friday, July 6, 2007

In a recent fly-around tour across Missouri, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox joined Governor Matt Blunt (R) at bill signing ceremonies for two of NRA-ILA's top legislative priorities.  SB 62, Missouri's "Castle Doctrine" bill, removes the "duty to retreat" for victims of criminal attack; while SB 225, the "Hunting Heritage Protection Areas Act," preserves important wildlife habitat and hunting opportunities for future Missouri generations.

"Missouri now joins a group of 18 other 'Castle Doctrine' states, guaranteeing victims' right to protect themselves against a criminal attack," said Cox.  "When you're confronted by a criminal, you don't have the luxury of time.  This bill states that if victims choose to stand their ground and fight, their decision will not be second-guessed by the State of Missouri.  The ability to protect yourself, your children, or your spouse from harm is critical, whether you're in your home or outside."  

Also, in a historic set of votes, the "Hunting Heritage Protection Areas Act" passed unanimously out of both chambers of the General Assembly.  The measure passed the State Senate, 32-0, and the State House, 158-0.

Commenting on the signing of the pro-hunting bill, Cox said, "Missouri provides some of the richest and most pristine wildlife habitats in the world.  Hunters here continue to be leaders in ensuring sound wildlife management and conservation practices.  The 'Hunting Heritage Protection Areas Act' will protect these diverse lands critical for wildlife species and preserve hunting opportunities into the future."  

"On behalf of Missouri NRA members, hunters, and residents, I want to thank Governor Blunt for signing the 'Castle Doctrine' and 'Hunting Heritage Protection' bills into law," concluded Cox.  "Missourians are fortunate to have a Governor and state legislators who respect and cherish their Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage."
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