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Virginia: “Castle Doctrine” Legislation Defeated in Senate Committee

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

In another sign that the Senate Courts of Justice Committee is out of touch with the common beliefs of the citizens of Virginia, a bill designed to codify the common law principle known as the “Castle Doctrine,” was defeated by a vote of 9 to 6. 

House Bill 854, sponsored by Delegate Will Morefield (R-3), would have provided immunity from civil prosecution if someone used force, including deadly force, to defend themselves and their loved ones if attacked in their home by someone who has entered unlawfully. 

This is just another example of the difference between the House and Senate chambers in Virginia and how they view your individual rights. The House of Delegates passed HB854 on February 16 by a margin of 75-24. 

Please contact the
members of the Committee who voted in favor of your self-defense rights and thank them for the support!

State Senator Ryan McDougle (R-4)

(804) 698-7504

State Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26)
(804) 698-7526

State Senator Robert Hurt (R-19)
(804) 698-7519

State Senator Roscoe Reynolds (D-20)
(804) 698-7520

State Senator Fred Quayle (R-13)
(804) 698-7513

State Senator Thomas Norment (R-3)
(804) 698-7503
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