Rendell Vetoes Self-Defense Bill

‘Castle Doctrine’ meets defeat on Rendell’s desk

Gov. Ed Rendell vetoed a bill Saturday that would have expanded a citizens’ rights to defend themselves when attacked.

The bill would have broadened the so-called “Castle Doctrine,” which gives citizens the right to defend themselves without attempting to flee when attacked in the home. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Scott Perry, R-Dillsburg, would have expanded the law so that it applied outside homes.

In his letter outlining his veto, Rendell said, “I have grave concerns with the expansion included in this legislation.”

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