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Wyoming: Governor Freudenthal Signs “Castle Doctrine” Bill!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Thank You For All of Your Hard Work! 

In a message posted on his website today, Thursday, March 13, Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal (D) announced that he has signed House Bill 137, introduced by State Representative Lorraine Quarberg (R-28), otherwise known as the Castle Doctrine measure.  While the bill was stripped of its "no duty to retreat in a public place" provision, the version that was sent to the Governor's desk did keep the "no duty to retreat inside one's home" language as well as the provision that individuals whose homes are unlawfully entered cannot be held civilly liable if they use deadly force to defend their home, self or family.

According to the Governor's message, "the notion of a ‘castle doctrine’ is that a person’s home is his or her castle and he or she is entitled to defend it, its contents and his or her family."  

We will continue to pursue the full definition of Castle Doctrine in the future.  This is a huge step in the right direction towards restoring the right to self-defense in Wyoming and we want to thank all of the NRA members and pro-gun supporters who were so instrumental in moving this bill forward.
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