With the recent case of a man from Springfield who shot at a purse thief, many viewers asked about the rights of people with conceal-and-carry weapon (CCW) permits, along with the Castle Doctrine.
Goodman authored the law. He says the most recent version of the Castle Doctrine states a law-abiding homeowner can assume that someone who breaks into his home is there to do him bodily harm and can fully defend himself against that intruder.
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Prior to this state law passing in Missouri, a homeowner had a duty to retreat or had to wait for a physical attack to be initiated before defending himself. Goodman says, too often, homeowners were finding themselves in the middle of a court battle, and sometimes facing civil lawsuits while only trying to protect their families. Read more