Deadly Force Bill

By: Chris Brennaman
By: Chris Brennaman

With the regular session of the Mississippi Legislature winding down, lawmakers are continuing to send bills to the governor for his approval.

One bill that awaits Gov. Barbour's signature is the Deadly Force Bill. This Bill has been criticized as not being necessary because the criminal justice system does not tend to prosecute those who act in self defense.

"The bill is generally referred to as the Castle Doctrine. A man is king in his own castle. It refines and expands to some degree, the rights of a homeowner to use deadly force in his own home without fear of prosecution," said State Rep. Greg Snowden.

Snowden says this is not a license to shoot, it simply protects homeowners that act in self defense. The bill also applies to vehicles to some degree.

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