Texas Law to Allow Use of Deadly Force

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

State lawmakers have approved a bill that would give Texans more legal ground to use force in defending their homes against intruders.

It's the first bill of the 80th legislative session signed into law by Governor Rick Perry.

The law, that some refer to as the "Castle Doctrine," takes effect September 1st.
The idea is that a man's home is his castle and he should have the right to defend it.

The measure, backed by the National Rifle Association, requires that someone must be in a building or vehicle at the time of an attack and the person using deadly force cannot provoke the attacker or be involved in criminal activity at the time.

The law has also forced one College Station business to make a few changes.

"This July we'll have to go to Austin and get re-certified," Katie Stulce with Champion Firearms said. "They will go over what they recommend us teach students in the upcoming classes."

Curriculum changes in concealed handgun license courses come every two years to coincide with new legislation.

One thing, they don't expect to change, is the number of guns sold. Experts say that usually happens when people feel in danger.

"When you see a large rise in crime, people decide to take it upon themselves that they need to learn and be capable of protecting themselves," Stulce said.

Texas is the 16th state to adopt a "Castle Doctrine."

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