Sources out of Madison are reporting that Governor Scott Walker will sign into law Assembly Bill 69 on Wednesday, December 7. Commonly known as the “Castle Doctrine,” AB 69 would provide essential protections for law-abiding citizens who defend themselves and their families from a criminal looking to do them harm. Once signed, this legislation would go into immediate effect.
“Castle Doctrine” establishes the presumption that an individual who forcibly enters ones home, business or occupied motor vehicle is there to cause death or great bodily harm, and allows the use of force, including deadly force, against that person. This bill also eliminates any “duty to retreat” so that law-abiding citizens no longer must turn their back on a criminal and try to run when attacked.
Finally, AB 69 would provide that any person who uses force, authorized by law, shall not be prosecuted for using such force and also prohibits criminals and their families from suing victims for injuring or killing the criminals who have attacked them. In short, it restores rights to law-abiding people and forces judges and prosecutors to focus on protecting victims. AB 69 was introduced by state Representative Dean Kaufert (R-55) in the Assembly and cosponsored by state Senator Van Wanggaard (R-21).