Pennsylvania’s self-defense bill advances in House vote.

The state House overwhelmingly has approved a bill expanding people's…

The state House overwhelmingly has approved a bill expanding people’s right to defend themselves and their families, a measure that opponents say will put lives at risk and create a Wild West mentality in Pennsylvania.

The legislation, passed Monday by a 164-37 vote and sent to the Senate, removes the obligation to first seek a reasonable attempt to get away before using lethal force in self-defense.

“Now there will be no duty to retreat. You can defend yourself,” said the bill’s sponsor, Scott Perry, R-York.

“Right now citizens have to spend precious moments and precious seconds … determining whether to run to the next room, the next building or around the car,” he said in an interview after the House vote. “That’s not a decision that we want our citizens having to make at the critical moment when it might be the difference between life and death.”

Source: Tracie Mauriello for Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau.

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