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Pickett Pleased Castle Doctrine Moves to Governor

In helping to secure and uphold the Second Amendment rights of Pennsylvania residents, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) voted in favor of House Bill 1926 Monday night. The legislation, which contains language known as the Castle Doctrine, passed the House by a vote of 161-35. 

“This legislation, which now heads to the governor for consideration, allows law-abiding citizens to defend themselves while in their homes or occupied vehicles,” Pickett said. “Unfortunately, many Pennsylvanians have faced criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits by defending their lives, and I believe this is a travesty of justice. This proposal would finally give our residents the undeniable legal right to protect themselves in their own homes.” 

Under House Bill 1926, the presumption is created so that if an attacker or intruder intends to inflict bodily harm, deadly force may be used to protect oneself, family and others while in their home or an occupied vehicle. That presumption also applies if a person is trying to unlawfully remove an occupant, against his or her will from a home or vehicle.  

The presumption would not apply if the person entering a home was another resident of the home, a law enforcement officer, a parent, grandparent or other guardian removing a child from the home or vehicle.  In addition, this legislation would not apply if a person was using their home or vehicle to engage in criminal activity.  

“I am pleased this legislation received strong bipartisan support,” Pickett said. “But it is important to emphasize that this legislation does not endorse unlawful aggression. It merely provides individuals with the necessary legal protection to respond to such aggression.”

A similar measure containing the Castle Doctrine, House Bill 40, passed the House in early October but was amended into House Bill 1926. 

House Bill 1926 also includes a provision to close loopholes in the state’s Megan’s Law. Under the proposal, criminal penalties would apply to sex offenders from other states who move to Pennsylvania and who fail to register under Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law. 

Rep. Tina Pickett
110th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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