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Massachusetts: Castle Doctrine Legislation to be Heard Tomorrow

Monday, February 6, 2012

Contact members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary TODAY!

Tomorrow, the state Joint Committee on the Judiciary is scheduled to hear important self-defense legislation at 1:00 p.m. in room B-1 of the State House.  Senate Bill 661, Castle Doctrine legislation introduced by state Senator Stephen Brewer, would provide essential protections for law-abiding citizens who defend themselves and their families from a criminal looking to do them harm. 

The “Castle Doctrine” establishes the presumption that an individual who forcibly enters one’s 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, SB 661 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.  

Please call AND e-mail members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary TODAY and urge them to SUPPORT SB 661.  Contact information for the committee can be found here.

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