Gun Digest

Missouri: Law-Maker Says Castle Doctrine Needs Clarification

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.

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


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