Skip to comments.Christensenís Castle Doctrine legislation gets attention during interim study hearing (NE)
Posted on 11/29/2010 4:11:43 AM PST by marktwain
Senator Mark Christensens bill to address self defense issues at home and work, LB 889, got killed in this years session of the Unicameral but that doesnt mean hes giving up.
Prior to adjournment, Christensen got a legislative resolution passed to conduct an interim study on a key element of the bill, commonly know as the Castle Doctrine.
Christensen has built a reputation as a big advocate of Second Amendment gun rights. As a result, he wants to make sure people have the right to protect themselves in their homes, workplaces and vehicles without the threat of a civil lawsuit.
The Castle Doctrine gets its name from the basis that a persons home is their castle. As such, one has the right to protection from illegal trespassing and violent attack.
Castle laws give people the legal right to use deadly force to defend their castle and other people in the home from violent attack or an intrusion which may lead to violent attack.
Christensen said many Nebraskans cant understand why Nebraska has the law it does right now. You have a duty to retreat, if the opportunity presents itself, even from your own home, if it appears safe to do so, he said.
A person has a split second to make the decision whether or not to retreat. If a person doesnt decide to retreat, and uses a gun or other weapon to defend themselves, then the justification for use of force will likely be decided in a civil lawsuit, Christensen said.
Thats putting the innocent in a very difficult position because once someone breaks into your home, to me thats a threat, he said.
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Sounds like the current situation is pretty bad. You can be sued for defending yourself?
Home invader or his next of kin ends up owning your home?
We have a saying here in Texas. if they’re in the door, drop them on the floor.
The “duty to retreat” should be removed. Any place you have lawful business to be, whether its your home, car or place of business, you should be able to defend yourself without have to vacate the premises. The person attacking you is not the one who has the right to be there.