The state House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would expand legal protections for people who use lethal force in self-defense.

The bill passed the House by a comfortable margin but only after supporters, for a second day in a row, cut off debate on the bill and also on possible gun control amendments to expand what’s called the “castle doctrine”.

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Or, as Philadelphia Democrat Curtis Thomas called it, “The doctrine of shoot ‘em first and ask questions later.”

Republican Scott Perry is the sponsor of the measure:

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“I think that’s hyperbole on Rep. Thomas’s part. This is a constitutional rights bill.”

The bill would expand the legal right to use deadly force in self-defense, with no duty to retreat, currently guaranteed in a person’s home, to essentially any place they have a right to be.

A spokesman for Senate majority Republicans said House passage of the bill without gun-related amendments enhanced the possibility that the Senate would consider it in the limited time left in the session, though a Senate vote was not certain.

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Reported by KYW Newsradio’s Tony Romeo