Saying that she is helping to secure and uphold the Second Amendment rights of Pennsylvania residents, state Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Wysox, voted in favor of House Bill 1926 Monday night.

The legislation, which contains language known as the Castle Doctrine, passed the House by a vote of 161-35.

“This legislation, which now heads to the governor for consideration, allows law-abiding citizens to defend themselves while in their homes or occupied vehicles,” Pickett said. “Unfortunately, many Pennsylvanians have faced criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits by defending their lives, and I believe this is a travesty of justice. This proposal would finally give our residents the undeniable legal right to protect themselves in their own homes.”

Under House Bill 1926, the presumption is created so that if an attacker or intruder intends to inflict bodily harm, deadly force may be used to protect oneself, family and others while in their home or an occupied vehicle, said Pickett.

That presumption also applies if a person is trying to unlawfully remove an occupant, against his or her will from a home or vehicle, she added.

The presumption would not apply if the person entering a home was another resident of the home, a law enforcement officer, a parent, grandparent or other guardian removing a child from the home or vehicle, she said.

In addition, this legislation would not apply if a person was using their home or vehicle to engage in criminal activity, she said.

Source: Morning Times

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