Feb. 20, 2012(Key vote)
Title: Authorizing Physical Force Against Intruders
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that authorizes the use of physical force, including deadly force, against intruders.
Authorizes a person lawfully occupying a dwelling to use any degree of physical force, including deadly force, against another person in the following situation (Sec. 1):
The other person has unlawfully entered the dwelling;
The other person has committed an “overt act” toward any person in the dwelling; and
The occupant “reasonably believes” that any person in the dwelling is in “imminent danger” of bodily injury.
Prohibits an individual from being held civilly liable for injuries or death caused by the individual against a person who has unlawfully entered the individual’s dwelling (Sec. 1).
Specifies that the bill does not limit or overturn any defense or immunity that currently exists in statutory or common law (Sec. 1).
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.