Florida Shooting Shines Spotlight on Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine Law | Pittsburghlive.com | Jill King Greenwood | 3/24/12

Use of Deadly Force Authorized

Use of Deadly Force Authorized (Photo credit: Brian Reynolds)


Pennsylvania lawmakers and activists studied Florida’s law governing citizens’ right to use deadly force before crafting last year’s expansion to this state’s “Castle Doctrine” statute….

Prosecutors initially opposed expanding the law in 2009, according to Rich Long, executive director of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association in Harrisburg. They successfully lobbied to add language to the law, including a provision that the person doing the shooting had to be in legal possession of the gun and that a weapon must clearly be displayed for someone to believe his or her life is in imminent danger. Those provisions are not in the Florida law.

Pennsylvania’s law also encourages, but does not require, the shooter to retreat first.

Thirty states have Castle Doctrine laws. Of those, Florida is among more than 20 with “Stand Your Ground” laws, which give a person broader latitude when deciding whether to react with deadly force and place the burden of proof on prosecutors, said University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris. Florida in 2005 was the first state to explicitly expand a person’s right to use deadly force….

For full article see Florida shooting shines spotlight on Pennsylvania’s law – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.


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