Kansas .... Castle Doctrine & using deadly force
I have to give a thanks to our legislature on this one. I point this out because it points out how you have to watch the "holes" in the law, and what the Legislature meant is not necessary how a Judge will interpret it.
In a case here, the person drew his gun ... but did not fire it ... because the "threat terminated" at that point. So, he was arrested and was not allowed to use self-defense as an argument in his defense and was convicted for aggravated assault (pointing a gun at someone and threatening them with it). The Judge said, the "law" did not permit pointing a gun to terminate a threat, only shooting it.
The Legislature passed the following .... unanimiously.... 100% YES and sent to the Govenor for his signature. The new law says that IF you pull a gun because you feel you or another's life is threatened with deadly force or with great bodily harm, and if the threat terminates at that point you are NOT quilty of a crime. The key, they also made it retroactive ... so the conviction on the person found guilty would be automatically reversed and dismissed.
The Governor's turn - KSCCW.com Forum
On Tuesday, March 30, the Kansas State Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 381(http://www.kslegislature.org/bills/2010/381.pdf). This bill, commonly known as “castle doctrine legislation,” would make important corrections to Kansas’ current self-defense statute. The bill now moves to the desk of Governor Mark Parkinson (D) for his consideration.
The recent Kansas Supreme Court Ruling in State v. Hendrix stated that if a person threatens force instead of actually using deadly force, the individual is not entitled to a self-defense jury instruction and could be charged with aggravated assault. The ruling was applied to an individual who threatened force (but never discharged the firearm), when his fiancée was assaulted and was subsequently charged and given a felony conviction. He is now a prohibited person for exercising his god-given right of self-defense.
NRA has diligently worked with the legislature in both chambers to make sure that Kansas citizens’ self defense rights are clearly articulated to minimize the chances that the State Supreme Court will misinterpret the legislature's intent.
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We must hope Gov. Parkinson will sign it. I just sent him an e-mail asking him to do just that. I urge all KS residents to do so too.