Prosecutors upset with “Castle Doctrine” bill

    Pennsylvania Governor Rendell is considering whether to sign a bill that allows people to defend themselves with deadly force when attacked–even when outside their homes.

    Earlier this week lawmakers approved the “Castle Doctrine” expansion legislation.Kathy McDonnell has a colorful way of describing what could happen if the Castle Doctrine’s expanded.”What this bill does is basically create what I call the Dr. Seuss defense,” said McDonnell, “You can shoot ’em in your car, you can shoot ’em on your roof, you can shoot ’em on the porch, you can shoot ’em just about anywhere, if you have a legal right to be there.”McDonnell is with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, and is a Legislative liaison for the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association, which represents all the DA’s across the state.  She said even a case like a drug dealer who shoots a rival could end up getting thrown out under the expanded law.  Supporters, including Governor-elect Tom Corbett, say people should have a right to defend themselves.  The bill’s sponsor says law-abiding gun owners shouldn’t have to second guess themselves when repelling an attacker.

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