The Missouri legislature is expected to consider a large update to Missouri’s self-defense, Stand Your Ground and Castle Doctrine laws.
House Bill 1819, sponsored by state Representative Joe Don McGaugh (R-39), would modify provisions relating to the use of force and firearms. This update to Missouri’s Castle Doctrine statute would allow anyone who is lawfully inside a dwelling to use protective force to defend themselves or others. The current Castle Doctrine does not explicitly include visitors, such as family members or other authorized persons visiting the home, under its protections.
Senate Bill 1037, sponsored by state Senator Kurt Schaefer (R-19), expands Missouri’s Stand your Ground laws and provides that a person does not have a duty to retreat from any place that such person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity has a right to be.
Please contact members of the House Committee on Emerging Issues, and politely ask them to support HB 1819. Also, please contact members of the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee and politely urge them to support Senate Bill 1037. You can contact committee members by clicking here or the button above.