With the end of last week’s floor session, the Assembly Democrat Leadership missed yet another opportunity to schedule the Castle Doctrine bill, Assembly Bill 193, for a floor vote. A similar bill passed the Assembly unanimously on a voice vote in 2007, so there is a history of support in the Assembly.
AB 193 would help restore the basic right of self-defense that all Americans are entitled too. Under this bill, if a person used defensive force that was intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm, the court must presume that the person reasonably believed that the force was necessary. While the Wisconsin State Constitution already recognizes self-defense as a guaranteed right, this bill would further clarify it. We cannot let this bill languish! If AB 193 passes the Assembly, it will still need to go through the Senate committee process and receive time on the Senate floor.
Please contact your State Representative today and respectfully urge him or her to schedule AB 193 for a vote. Contact information for your legislators can be found here.