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Virginia: “Castle Doctrine” Legislation Defeated in Senate Committee!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

On Monday, February 14, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee “passed by indefinitely” House Bill 1573, defeating the bill by an 8 to 4 margin. State Senators Henry Marsh (D-16), Richard Saslaw (D-35), Louis Lucas (D-18), John Edwards (D-21), Roscoe Reynolds (D-20), Toddy Puller (D-36), Creigh Deeds (D-25), and Chap Petersen (D-34) all voted in opposition to this “Castle Doctrine” legislation.

With all 140 seats of the General Assembly up for election this year, it is more important than ever for your elected officials to hear your voice and vote to defend your Second Amendment rights. Please remember to take these anti-gun votes into consideration when voting in the upcoming Virginia election.

House Bill 1573, sponsored by Delegate Bill Cleaveland (R-17), sought to codify a version of the “Castle Doctrine” which would have allowed lawful occupants of a dwelling to use any degree of physical force, including deadly force, against an intruder who has committed an overt act against him, without the fear of civil liability.

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