Corbett signs bill on right to use deadly force

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has signed a bill to widen the right to use deadly force in self-defense.

    The Republican signed the bill yesterday in a private ceremony.

    The bill was enacted by the Senate last week. It expands the state’s castle doctrine to allow the right to use a gun or other deadly force in self-defense in situations outside a person’s home or business. Under the previous law, the use of deadly force was not justifiable if the person could safely retreat, except when the threat was made inside his or her home or business.

    The National Rifle Association calls the bill a way for “law-abiding citizens” to “protect themselves when criminals attack without fear of being second-guessed by an overzealous prosecutor.”

    Opponents want the bill’s backers to focus on gun violence plaguing communities across the state.

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