Castle Doctrine vs Make My Day

Castle Doctrine vs Make My Day

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    Castle Doctrine vs Make My Day

    I've been hearing the term "Make My Day law" a lot recently. My understanding is that it's basically the same as the Castle Doctrine, is that correct?

    It seems to me that calling it the "Make My Day" law makes it sound rather vigilante-ish, which makes using that terminology not in our best interest, I think. I much prefer the term "Castle Doctrine", as it describes the law's purpose a lot more accurately.

    What do you all think?


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    That was why the term "Make my day law" was invented: to make it sound vigilante-ish.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Maltz View Post
    I've been hearing the term "Make My Day law" a lot recently. My understanding is that it's basically the same as the Castle Doctrine, is that correct?

    It seems to me that calling it the "Make My Day" law makes it sound rather vigilante-ish, which makes using that terminology not in our best interest, I think. I much prefer the term "Castle Doctrine", as it describes the law's purpose a lot more accurately.

    What do you all think?
    If you Google it...you will find out the history of "Make my day".

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    My understanding of Make My Day law had to do with removing your obligation to flee before fighting back. This would pertain to you standing in the street, at the corner convenient store, whatever. I thought that Castle Doctrine was the same thing regarding to having to flee or not but was specifically about your home.

    Maybe I'm wrong here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tinkerinWstuff View Post
    My understanding of Make My Day law had to do with removing your obligation to flee before fighting back. This would pertain to you standing in the street, at the corner convenient store, whatever. I thought that Castle Doctrine was the same thing regarding to having to flee or not but was specifically about your home.

    Maybe I'm wrong here.
    That's my understanding also...
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    I agree.

    I think that particular terminology hurts, by painting us in the light of people who would enjoy having the opportunity to shoot a BG.
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    A Castle law only removes the duty to retreat in one's home (i.e. a man's home is his castle)

    A "Make My Day law" (which I agree is an atrocious and biased term for it) removes the duty to retreat in any place you are legally

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    Make My Day is a derogatory name assigned to what is known as the Extension of the Castle Doctrine just like Assault Weapon, Saturday Night Specials guns and Cop Killer Bullets are used in their respective niches.

    The Extension of the Castle Doctrine simply states that you do not have a duty to retreat from any premise or any place where you legally have the right to be in order to defend yourself. It applies in most states to CCWers due to the fact that most states require you to have a permit to carry concealed outside your home (Note: I am not up to date on Open Carry so feel free to correct me there)
    In Florida (Please check your state's local law) not only eliminates the duty to retreat and curbs any left leaning political seeking prosecutor from bringing charges and take you to court but also protects you from the criminal or the criminal's family to sue you in civil court.

    Now it is important to understand 2 things: You must have a CCW and you must be in a place where you have the right to be with a concealed weapon. Any violation of the law will invalidate the application of the Extension of the Castle Doctrine. If you have a CCW but are carrying in a bar where Florida Law says you can't carry and have to use your sidearm to defend yourself, you are in for a world of legal hurt. If you are at the local Barnes & Noble sipping a espresso and munching on a sconce but do not have a CCW and some nutjob comes in shooting and you use your sidearm, you will be in another world of legal hurt.
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