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Governor Riley Signs Alabama “Castle Doctrine” into Law
NRA-ILA ^ | April 04, 2006 | NA

Posted on 04/05/2006 9:30:42 AM PDT by neverdem


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Governor Riley Signs Alabama
“Castle Doctrine” into Law

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Fairfax, VA – Today, Governor Bob Riley of Alabama signed the National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed “Castle Doctrine” bill (SB 283) into law.  Senator Larry Means and Representative Albert Hall sponsored the self-defense bill.

With overwhelming support, SB 283 passed the Alabama House with a vote of 82 to 9 and the Alabama State Senate with a vote of 30 to 2.

NRA’s chief lobbyist, Chris W. Cox, stated, “We thank Governor Riley for signing this vital legislation into law for the people of Alabama.  Law-abiding citizens now have the choice to defend themselves and their families in the face of attack without fear of criminal prosecution and civil litigation.”

The “Castle Doctrine” bill removes the “duty to retreat” if an individual is attacked in his or her home, vehicle, place of business or any other place he or she has a legal right to be.  This legislation also states that victims may use necessary force to defend themselves against the attacker.

Continued Cox, “I would like to thank the bill’s sponsors, Senator Means and Representative Hall, and the Alabama State Senators and State Representatives who supported this bill.  As always, we also thank all the NRA members and lawful gun owners who contacted their representatives and urged them to support this vital self-defense measure.”

 

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alabama
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1 posted on 04/05/2006 9:30:43 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: Joe Brower
BANG!
2 posted on 04/05/2006 9:31:40 AM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem

I've only recently heard of these "duty to retreat" laws. What an absurd concept someone once thought up. If I'm in my home I have to run away? Ridiculous.

I'm glad I've heard of them in the context of them being repealed.


3 posted on 04/05/2006 9:38:18 AM PDT by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: neverdem

I'll say it again, Bob Riley for President! Trust me...he's running! And I'm voting for him!


4 posted on 04/05/2006 9:41:15 AM PDT by SelectiveJNJ
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To: neverdem

What about protection from litigation from criminals and their families?


5 posted on 04/05/2006 9:43:13 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Republican - The thinking people's party)
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To: neverdem

AHHHH! Idiot reporting AGAIN!

Common Law NEVER had a duty to retreat in your own home unless it was from residents of the home (ie husband/wife)

Castle Doctrine is about TORT REFORM. This takes away the right of some criminal to sue a home owner for protecting his home and loved ones.


6 posted on 04/05/2006 9:44:41 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: neverdem
Great!

Now let's see if we can get a similar bill passed in Congress that removes the “duty to retreat” if an illegal alien comes across our borders and threatens the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of American citizens and legal immigrants in our homes, vehicles, places of business or any other place we have a legal right to be.

This legislation should also state that Border Patrol agents and individual land owners upon whose properties illegals trespass may use necessary force to defend against illegal infil-traitors.
7 posted on 04/05/2006 9:44:48 AM PDT by NearlyNormal (Our military wins wars, the liberals and their MSM lose them.)
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To: NearlyNormal

oops forgot the < sarc / off >


8 posted on 04/05/2006 9:48:47 AM PDT by NearlyNormal (Our military wins wars, the liberals and their MSM lose them.)
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To: School of Rational Thought

See comment 6.


9 posted on 04/05/2006 9:48:54 AM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem

Bama bump!


10 posted on 04/05/2006 9:50:58 AM PDT by chesley (Liberals...what's not to loathe?)
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To: SelectiveJNJ

Riley is a tax-raising RINO. but at least, as President, he'd be out of Alabama's hair.


11 posted on 04/05/2006 9:52:40 AM PDT by chesley (Liberals...what's not to loathe?)
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To: neverdem

"Duty to retreat" was a hangover from old common law, as I understand it. Sounds like something the British toffs made up to cow the populace. Kudos to the Great State of Alabama for dumping it.


12 posted on 04/05/2006 9:57:53 AM PDT by giobruno
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To: neverdem

Another Governor signs a "If you are found here at night, you will be found here in the morning" Bill.

Hip, hip hurrah for the Governor.


13 posted on 04/05/2006 10:56:19 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Immigration Control and Border Security -The jobs George W. Bush doesn't want to do.)
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To: chesley

I was under the impression that Riley intentionally had the tax-raising bill shot down so he would have no complaints when he immediately cut taxes afterwards. Or am I incorrect?


14 posted on 04/05/2006 11:28:07 AM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Hitler and Stalin have nothing on Abortion)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007
My recollection is that he supported raising taxes. I know I was furious at the time but the details are sketchy now. Once I've decided not to vote for a man again, that's all I have to remember about him. Unless he redeems himself someway, which Riley hasn't yet, IMO. then you have to review the facts and decide if the good outweighs the bad.

I do recall going to a teacher meeting where we were heavily lobbied to vote for it, Har-de-har-har.
15 posted on 04/05/2006 12:52:44 PM PDT by chesley (Liberals...what's not to loathe?)
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To: chesley

As I recall, he intentionally supported the tax raising bill knowing it would be shot down overwhelmingly (due to public outcry). Then he did an about face and cut taxes, which is what the people want...and in the face of the 'raise taxes!' bit being shot down, I believe the Alabama House and Senate were much more willing to capitulate.

*shrugs*


16 posted on 04/05/2006 1:38:57 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Hitler and Stalin have nothing on Abortion)
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To: SelectiveJNJ

Tell me more. Nothing like a good ol' boy for president.


17 posted on 04/05/2006 1:41:50 PM PDT by griswold3 (Ken Blackwell, Ohio Governor in 2006- No!! You cannot have my governor in 2008.)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007
Well, we remember differently, although I do recall that theory being batted around.

If he wins the primary, I guess I'll have to hold my nose and vote for him. But not happily.

I didn't vote happily for George Bush the first time, either, and he pleasantly surprised me.
18 posted on 04/05/2006 1:54:31 PM PDT by chesley (Liberals...what's not to loathe?)
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To: longtermmemmory; Dan from Michigan; Lazamataz; blam; Tuscaloosa Goldfinch; Texaggie79; commish; ...
" Castle Doctrine is about TORT REFORM. This takes away the right of some criminal to sue a home owner for protecting his home and loved ones."

That's true, but in this one instance there was more to the story.

You see, Alabama is a very conservative state...but we've got pockets of hyper-leftists such as the looney Communist Morris Dees (Southern Poverty Law Center), and we've got a capricious DA in Jefferson County named David Barber (great family in Alabama, lousy DA). This DA has threatened a couple of home owners with Grand Juries after they shot burglars in their homes (naturally they beat the raps).

But by hook or by crook, DA Barber's actions caused ordinary home owners in Jefferson County to wonder if they have to retreat rather than defend their home/family.

So a problem to the above was passed into law today. No one has to wonder any longer about being hassled by a grand jury or an over-zealous prosecutor for defending your home, life, property, family, friends, etc.

Note the lopsided vote totals above. That's Alabama. Mostly conservative, but with a few hyper-leftists in our midst.

Moreover, what Alabama is doing today is just what Alabama was doing 15 years ago in helping lead what will become a nationwide trend in gun laws. Back then it was Concealed Carry (now legal in 47 states nationwide). Now it is self-defense.

Our news media will tell you that all trends start in California and New York...but our news media doesn't know squat about the U.S.

These new Castle Laws will sweep 47 states just as fast, or perhaps even quicker, than did the Concealed Carry laws...and these laws didn't start in California or New York.

Nor did electing President Bush, for that matter.

Which is to say, national trend after trend is beginning in the Heartland, not in hyper-left-wing blue states.

You heard it here, first (certainly not in our news media).

19 posted on 04/05/2006 2:10:53 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007; chesley
When Riley took office he was faced with a state teetering on the brink of insolvency. Not Bankruptcy - INSOLVENCY!

The legislature fought anything Riley wanted to do tooth and nail and presented an ridiculous package of Tax raises, fees , etc. Riley shot it down, the legislature threw it up again -- Riley said OK, if this is the only way to save the state let's put it to a vote of the people.

So Riley presented the whole package of tax Raises etc to the state and said vote yes or no. He then got the legislature to agree that if the state voted no that they would approve his budget of Services cuts, tax cuts, and incentives.

Riley campaigned hard to get the referendum passed - but when it failed he kept his word and forced the legislature to keep theirs. The result - Alabama is one of the top performing states economically, we have one of the lowest unemployement rates, businesses are coming to the state right and left.

Riley gladly has my vote this year.

20 posted on 04/05/2006 2:42:19 PM PDT by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: Southack

This is great, especially right on the heels of the Truth in Sentencing law. No more parole in Alabama - if you are sentenced to 15 years you serve 15 years.


21 posted on 04/05/2006 2:43:27 PM PDT by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: commish; chesley
Yeah, that's how I thought it went down. I remember now.

In any case, when I hear the words 'economy' and 'Alabama'...I merely think of this picture.

Brand SPANKIN' new Hyundai plant. And as a bonus, free from unions.

22 posted on 04/05/2006 4:16:33 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Hitler and Stalin have nothing on Abortion)
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To: commish
Well, thanks for the info. Memory can sometimes be tricky. I'll research the topic, possibly change my vote. Although I am an independent conservative with libertarian leanings, I generally wind up swinging on the elephant's tail in the general elections.
23 posted on 04/05/2006 5:00:52 PM PDT by chesley (Liberals...what's not to loathe?)
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To: neverdem

I hope my state soon adopts such a law. I think it will. This is a tide that is sweeping over the nation. And we can thank Florida for getting it going.


24 posted on 04/05/2006 6:48:52 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

That's an impressive photo. Where is that plant? Thanks.


25 posted on 04/05/2006 6:53:23 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: ConservativeBamaFan

Ping, Bang, Boom!

Hello son! Thought you might want to know this.


26 posted on 04/05/2006 6:58:39 PM PDT by LadyPilgrim (Sealed my Pardon with HIS BLOOD!!! Hallelujah!!! What a Savior)
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To: OldPossum
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama

Apparently, it's headquarted in Montgomery.

27 posted on 04/05/2006 7:32:43 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Hitler and Stalin have nothing on Abortion)
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To: commish

Me too.

Sweet Home Alabama!


28 posted on 04/05/2006 7:43:16 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Actually it's in Hope Hull, right outside of Montgomery.
I'm a Hope Hullian and a Riley supporter.


29 posted on 04/05/2006 7:57:24 PM PDT by Himyar
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Thanks. As I recall, Montgomery is towards the middle of the state and of course, is the state capital.


30 posted on 04/06/2006 9:47:29 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum

Used to live there myself. Got way too crowded though; roads were too small to handle the growth. Especially the Eastern Bypass at rush hour.


31 posted on 04/06/2006 11:38:04 AM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Hitler and Stalin have nothing on Abortion)
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