PA Gun Rights Advocates Push for 'Castle Doctrine'

Advocates want law to allow gun owners to shoot first when defending themselves

The Patriot-News

Gun rights advocates got a monumental boost last week when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled local governments can’t ban guns.

Now, Pennsylvania gun rights advocates are aiming at their next target: giving gun owners the right to fire rather than flee when threatened in their homes or cars or, ideally, any public place where they have a right to be.

The court decision gives new energy to the push for a so-called “castle doctrine” in Pennsylvania.

In the case of a home intrusion, the castle doctrine would allow people to shoot immediately, rather than first go to another room.

“I can tell you we’re having meetings right now to have this thing moved,” said state Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Franklin County, who had previously introduced a castle doctrine bill.

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