Pennsylvania Senate passes bill to broaden Castle Doctrine.

The state Senate passed legislation Tuesday to expand the rights…

The state Senate passed legislation Tuesday to expand the rights of gun owners who act in self-defense.

Senate Bill 273 would remove the “duty to retreat” clause from the Castle Doctrine when someone is threatened by an attacker in any place they have a right to be, including their vehicle.

The measure would also provide protection against criminal prosecution or civil litigation for those who act to defend themselves.

Those who use lethal force would need to demonstrate a reasonable belief that they were in imminent danger.

The law would apply only to those who legally possess a firearm. It does not apply if used against a law enforcement officer.

The legislation now goes to the state House, where similar legislation has been introduced.

Source: ABC27

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