Tennessee Firearms Association - Legislative Action Committee
Friday, May 4, 2007
CRIMINAL LAW: Use of deadly force for self-defense. Expands the circumstances under which a person using deadly force for self-defense is considered immune from civil liability. Permits the use of deadly force for self-defense when there is reasonable belief of death in not only a person's residence (current law) but also in such person's dwelling or vehicle. Defines residence to include any dwelling or building within the curtilage of one's residence.
Amendments: House amendment 1 clarifies the defenses listed are consistent with other parts of the code; adds a person who uses force is not immune from civil liability if the person against whom force was used is an innocent bystander.
TCA Secs. 39-11-0600; 39-11-0611
Senate Status: Senate passed 05/03/2007.
House Status: House 04/26/2007 passed with amendment 1.
Other Status: Sent to the speakers for signatures 05/03/2007.
This is the Castle Doctrine Bill. I have opposed it in the manner in which it is written and in which it has passed. It is poorly drafted and now creates some problems that we did not previously have. I realize it was an effort to take what Tennessee had as an already existing castle doctrine and expand it to include vehicles but I am really disappointed in what has been enacted.
See TFALAC Alert from April 3, 2007 -
See this memo for why the bill needed to be stopped and for the talking points both on why and on how to address this issue:
Perhaps TFA needs a new lobbyist.