Virginia: "Castle Doctrine" Legislation Defeated in Senate Committee
In another sign that the Senate Courts of Justice Committee is out of touch with the common beliefs of the citizens of Virginia, a bill designed to codify the common law principle known as the "Castle Doctrine," was defeated by a vote of 9 to 6.
House Bill 854, sponsored by Delegate Will Morefield (R-3), would have provided immunity from civil prosecution if someone used force, including deadly force, to defend themselves and their loved ones if attacked in their home by someone who has entered unlawfully.
This is just another example of the difference between the House and Senate chambers in Virginia and how they view your individual rights. The House of Delegates passed HB854 on February 16 by a margin of 75-24.