Lame duck governor vetoes popular ‘stand your ground’ gun bill

November 30, 2010 07:46

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell vetoed a bill that would have expanded the state’s so-called Castle Doctrine to expand the permissible use of deadly force in self-defense outside of the currently allowed home and workplace.

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The bill would permit law-abiding citizens to use force, including deadly force, against an attacker not only in their homes but also any places outside of their home where they have a legal right to be.

It is clearly stated that there would be no “duty to retreat” from an attacker, allowing law-abiding citizens to “stand their ground” outside the home to protect themselves and their family.

The term-limited Democrat, who leaves office Jan. 18, took action on the bill Saturday, the last possible day he could have vetoed it before it would have become law automatically.

It passed the state Senate, 45-4, in October and the state House, 161-35, earlier this month.


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