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Kansas: Governor Signs Castle Doctrine Clean Up Bill

Monday, April 19, 2010

Today, Governor Mark Parkinson (D) signed Senate Bill 381 into law.  This bill, more commonly known as “castle doctrine” legislation, will make important corrections to Kansas’ current self-defense statute.

The recent Kansas Supreme Court Ruling in State v. Hendrix stated that if a person threatens force instead of actually using deadly force, the individual is not entitled to a self-defense jury instruction and could be charged with aggravated assault.  The ruling was applied to an individual who threatened force (but never discharged the firearm), when his fiancée was assaulted and was subsequently charged and given a felony conviction.  He is now a prohibited person for exercising his God-given right of self-defense.

NRA has diligently worked with the legislature in both chambers to make sure that Kansas citizens’ self-defense rights are clearly articulated to minimize the chances that the State Supreme Court will misinterpret the legislature's intent.

Please contact Governor Parkinson and your legislators to thank them for their hard work and support for this important self-defense clean up bill.  For your legislator’s contact information click here.  Governor Parkinson’s contact information is listed below.

Governor Mark Parkinson (D)
(785) 296-6240

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