Pennsylvania Castle Doctrine Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk

Pennsylvania Castle Doctrine Bill Headed to Governor's Desk
Pennsylvania Castle Doctrine Bill Headed to Governor's Desk

Today, House Bill 40, NRA-backed castle doctrine legislation, passed in the state Senate by a 45 to 5 vote.  This bill will now go to Governor Tom Corbett for his consideration.

Introduced by state Representative Scott Perry (R-92), HB 40 would permit law-abiding citizens to use force, including deadly force, against an attacker in their home and any place outside of their home where they have a legal right to be.  If enacted into law, it would also protect individuals from civil lawsuits by the attacker or the attacker’s family when force is used.

The companion bill to HB 40, Senate Bill 273, was sponsored by Richard Alloway, II (R-33).  Please thank both Representative Perry and Senator Alloway for sponsoring this important self-defense legislation. Contact information is listed below.

Also, please contact Governor Corbett and urge him to sign into law HB 40. He can be contacted by clicking here to send an e-mail message.


Representative Scott Perry
(717) 783-8783
[email protected]

Senator Richard Alloway, II
(717) 787-4651
[email protected]


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Tom Mount

As a proponent of this legislation who has been active calling, faxing, and visiting our elected reps in Harrisburg, I should point out that the NRA holds most of the blame for sabotaging this legislation in the 11th hour of the last legislative session. This bill passed largely by the efforts of a few grassroots organizations in PA talking directly with the legislators, and specifically warning them about the NRA rep, who has caused similar despair in New Hampshire. The NRA’s underhanded dealings with this bill have turned off a lot of Pennsylvanians who used to be strong supporters of the NRA.


While that is important information, it should be accompanied by the fact that it still did pass, only to be vetoed by Rendell.


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