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Proposed Bill Would Expand Self-Defense Rights

HARRISBURG (CBS) – A bill headed to Governor Rendell’s desk would expand the right to use lethal force in self-defense in Pennsylvania. The measure would also strengthen the state’s Megan’s Law.

Currently, state law allows a person to use deadly force, with no duty to retreat, against an intruder in their home. The controversial bill given final legislative approval by the state House expands that right to any situation where a person feels threatened with harm in a place where they have a right to be.

Philadelphia House Democrat Cherelle Parker argued against the bill, saying lawmakers should honor law enforcement officials:

“Respect their professional acumen. They have told us that this bill will be a nightmare.”

But Montgomery County Republican Mike Vereb says there is no unanimity among law enforcement:

“This bill not opposed by the Fraternal Order of Police, and this bill is not opposed by the troopers association. It is opposed by DA’s and others.”

A spokesman says Governor Rendell has not stated a position on the bill.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio

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  • dinger

    If someone invades your home, they are not there to do any good. Shoot them first then call the cops. Don’t take a chance calling the cops first, they may arrive to late. In the 60’s I offered to lay down my life for my country.You better believe I will fight like a wildman for my family..

  • Millionz

    I believe they show past that law because once a person invades my house it then becomes my law

  • bottomline

    Maybe Cherelle Parker thinks we should give guns to the crooks to be sure they get a fair chance. Scary, to witness who‘s running this country.

  • Ted

    A gun in your hands is better than a cop on the phone. You could be dead when the police arrive unless you are armed.

  • grumpy

    It’s about time. We need a deterrent like this for OUR protection.

    • zanman

      Yes, even up the playing field against the violent criminals that prey on innocent civilians.

  • OC

    We need that law to pass here in New Jersey.

  • The Bobster

    “Philadelphia House Democrat Cherelle Parker argued against the bill, saying lawmakers should honor law enforcement officials:”

    I’m sure there will be a law enforcement official around when I need one, right Shahnaynay?

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