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Castle Doctrine to be Heard in PA House

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Castle Doctrine legislation on Thursday, November 19. Gun owners should contact the members of the judiciary committee to support the measure - HB40.

This specific Castle Doctrine bill will ensure that law abiding residents don't have to retreat in their own homes before defending themselves from criminal attack. It also protects citizens from the expense of fighting civil lawsuits filed by criminals or their families when self-defense was justified. Here are key provisions of HB40:

  • The bill eliminates the duty to retreat within one’s home, including attached structures like porches, decks and patios. There is an exception for people who are using their property to further a criminal activity. The provision also applies to vehicles, including non-motorized vehicles.
  • The bill also eliminates the duty to retreat on the streets provided one is in fear of grave bodily injury or harm, and provided they are not engaged in criminal activity.
  • It provides civil immunity for actions that are ruled self-defense. If the perpetrator sues anyway, it’s a loser pays system, so you can recover attorneys fees.
  • HB40 clarifies the definition of loaded firearm to include magazines being secured in a separate pouch, rather than specifying a separate container, provided the magazine is secure, and the ammunition covered.

Contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee today. Based on the response to Castle Doctrine in other states, we know that gun control groups will get involved in this fight, making it seem as if we will have gun fights on every street corner. As we know, such dire predictions have yet to come true. Make sure you voice is heard! Call, e-mail, tweet, or even leave a note on their Facebook walls – just make sure your voice is heard!

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State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone (D-127) (717) 787-3525 Email
State Rep. Deberah Kula (D-52) (717) 772-1858 Email
State Rep. Kathy Manderino (D-194) (717) 787-1254 Email
State Rep. John Pallone (D-54) (717) 783-1819 Email
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State Rep. Don Walko (D-20) (717) 787-5470 Email
State Rep. Joseph Brennan (D-133) (717) 772-9902 Email
State Rep. James Casorio (D-56) (717) 783-3483 Email
State Rep. Paul Drucker (D-157) (717) 705-2003 Email
State Rep. Bryan Lentz (D-161) (717) 787-8574 Email
State Rep. Joseph Petrarca (D-55) (717) 787-5142 Email
State Rep. Josh Shapiro (D-153) (717) 783-7619 Email
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State Rep. Greg Vitali (D-166) (717) 787-7647 Email
State Rep. Chelsa Wagner (D-22) (717) 783-1582 Email
State Rep. Ronald Waters (D-191) (717) 772-9850 Email
State Rep. Jesse White (D-46) (717) 783-6437 Email
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State Rep. Ron Marsico (R-105) (717) 783-2014 Email
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State Rep. Mike Vereb (R-150) (717) 705-7164 Email
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State Rep. Tom Creighton (R-37) (717) 772-5290 Email
State Rep. Will Gabig (R-199) (717) 772-2280 Email
State Rep. Dick Stevenson (R-8) (717) 783-6438 Email
State Rep. Glen Grell (R-87) (717) 783-2063 Email
State Rep. Kate Harper (R-61) (717) 787-2801 Email
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State Rep. Tim Krieger (R-57) (717) 260-6146 Email
State Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-29) (717) 705-7170 Email
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State Rep. Todd Rock (R-90) (717) 783-5218 Email
State Rep. Katie True (R-41) (717) 705-7161 Email