Lawmaker Looks To Expand Pa. Gun Rights
Lawmaker Looks To Expand Pa. Gun Rights - Pennsylvania News Story - WGAL The Susquehanna Valley
If someone enters your home and threatens you, Pennsylvania law allows you to use deadly force to protect yourself. But one Susquehanna Valley lawmaker wants to expand the rights gun owners have to defend themselves in other places as well.
York County Republican Scott Perry is behind the bill. He says it's desgined to give law-abiding gun owners the right to protect themselves and their families in vehicles as well as other places where they have been invited (you can read the entire bill here). The right to deadly force is their's if the attacker displays a firearm or if they reasonably believe they are being attacked and feel immediate action is necessary to prevent death, kidnapping or rape.
Perry says clarifying the law removes the worry of civil liability that can make an already difficult situation even worse.
"That's not the time to be trying to decide, 'Am I going to go to jail for this or not.' You have to defend your life and your family first. We want to err on the side of the law-abiding citizen when right now the scale is tipped on the side of the criminal," said Perry.
The bill is being considered by the House appropriations committee. It would need to be passed there before moving to the full House of Representatives for a vote.
Opponents of the bill say it's bad policy becuase it encourages people to take the law into their own hands instead of calling police.