Reese Pleased by Passage of Castle Doctrine Legislation

A lengthy battle to pass House Bill 40, known as the “Castle Doctrine,” finally resulted in its passage Tuesday night, said Rep. Mike Reese (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) today. 

“It is about time that this legislation received a vote and was passed, and I am pleased that our citizens may finally have the right of self-defense returned to them, provided the Senate and governor do the right thing,” said Reese. “The right of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves in the face of imminent violent attack in their homes and occupied vehicles should be unquestioned. Sadly, we live in an age where it seems criminals have more rights than those who work and play by the rules of decent society. That is what makes the Castle Doctrine necessary.” 

Reese is a co-sponsor of House Bill 40 and also helped in the effort to get the bill discharged from the House Appropriations Committee, where it was being held up. 

“This took a lot of work to finally get the bill to the floor for a vote, but the effort has paid off,” said Reese. “There are those who seem to think that the answer for violent crime is for the law-abiding citizen to submit to the will of the criminal. This legislation helps put a stop to that. Decent people should never have to retreat or cower in the face of violent attack, and then possibly face a civil suit merely for defending themselves. That outrageous and insane potential will be stopped if this common sense legislation is enacted into law. This is not a partisan issue; it is a protection issue.” 

The bill goes to the Senate for its consideration. 

Rep. Mike Reese
59th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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