Rendell Vetoes Self-Defense Bill For Outside Home

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — A bill that would have allowed Pennsylvanians to use deadly force to protect themselves outside their homes has been vetoed by Governor Ed Rendell…who had to reject an idea he favored along with the one he didn’t.

The NRA liked the idea of extending the self defense concept as explained by Rendell’s spokesman Gary Tuma:

“It would have expanded the principle of Castle Doctrine to allow people to use deadly force just if they felt threatened in areas other than their home.”

Generally, anywhere they were entitled to be. District Attorneys across the Commonwealth opposed the change and Rendell sided with the DA’s, suggesting approving it would have encouraged what he called a “shoot first, ask questions later” mentality.

But since closing a loophole in Megan’s law was tied to the Castle Doctrine bill, Rendell’s veto kills them both.

Two other bills were rejected by the outgoing Governor, one would have limited public access to autopsies, while the other would have given former firefighters with certain forms of cancer additional health insurance coverage.

Reported By: David Madden, KYW Newsradio

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  • Billy

    I wonder if Fast Eddy would have vetoed a bill for retired cops

  • Dredd308

    Those whacky Dems. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass Ed. Idiots.

  • Stephanie Patterson

    Very disappointing stance, Mr. Rendell. Score another one for thugs and sex offenders. So, it’s okay for a woman to be assaulted, robbed, and left for dead. However, if she uses deadly force to save her own life, then SHE becmes the criminal. Nice going. And thanks also for thumbing your nose at Meghan’s Law.

    Hey folks – it’s not just the Republicans….Demoncrats can be self-serving idiots too.

  • dan

    See this is why I never ever vote for any of these commiecrats their party should be over in CHINA cause they don’t believe in our rights it will pass next year when the repub’s take over then they wonder why they got their butts kicked 2 NOV

  • Givmeh20

    Hoagiehead Ed is a POS No Good Glad YOUR GONE ASS@#$%!!!!!! The cancer bill what have Covered ALL Firefighters from Being thrown into the POORHOUSE AFTER SERVING THE CITIZENS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES!!! THANKS FOR LOOKIN OUT FOR US AND OUR FAMILIES YOUR JERK@#$%!!!! How would of this HURT YOU ASS!@#$ to sign into LAW???!!!! The expanded castle doctrine you vetoed is another sign that you, ASS!@#$ pust the RIGHTS OF CRIMINALS BEFORE THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS!!!!!! Yes, I’D rather SHOOT 1ST AND DEAL WITH THE LAW, THAN BE DEAD and MY FAMILY WITHOUT A FATHER AND HUSBAND!!!!!! You, soon to be EX GOV. but still AN ASS!@#$ and THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!

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