Senate Bill 145, West Virginia’s “Castle Doctrine” bill, was passed in the House on Thursday, February 28 by an overwhelming margin of 96-1.

SB145 would permit law-abiding citizens to use force, including deadly force, against an attacker in their homes and any places outside of their home where they have a legal right to be. It is clearly stated that there is no “duty to retreat” from an attacker, allowing law-abiding citizens to stand their ground to protect themselves and their family. SB145 also protects individuals from civil lawsuits by the attacker or the attacker’s family when force is used.

SB145 will now head to the desk of Governor Joe Manchin (D) for consideration. Please contact Governor Manchin and respectfully urge him to sign this critical self-defense bill. The Governor can be reached by phone at (304) 558-2000 or email [email protected]. Also, please contact your State Delegate today at (304) 340-3200 and thank him or her for supporting West Virginia’s right to self-defense. To find your House of Delegates Member, click here.