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Posted: 4/4/2006 12:39:27 PM EDT
www.nraila.org/News/Read/Releases.aspx?ID=7440

Governor Riley Signs Alabama
“Castle Doctrine” into Law

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Fairfax, VA – Today, Governor Bob Riley of Alabama signed the National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed “Castle Doctrine” bill (SB 283) into law. Senator Larry Means and Representative Albert Hall sponsored the self-defense bill.

With overwhelming support, SB 283 passed the Alabama House with a vote of 82 to 9 and the Alabama State Senate with a vote of 30 to 2.

NRA’s chief lobbyist, Chris W. Cox, stated, “We thank Governor Riley for signing this vital legislation into law for the people of Alabama. Law-abiding citizens now have the choice to defend themselves and their families in the face of attack without fear of criminal prosecution and civil litigation.”

The “Castle Doctrine” bill removes the “duty to retreat” if an individual is attacked in his or her home, vehicle, place of business or any other place he or she has a legal right to be. This legislation also states that victims may use necessary force to defend themselves against the attacker.

Continued Cox, “I would like to thank the bill’s sponsors, Senator Means and Representative Hall, and the Alabama State Senators and State Representatives who supported this bill. As always, we also thank all the NRA members and lawful gun owners who contacted their representatives and urged them to support this vital self-defense measure.”
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 12:40:45 PM EDT
Hopefully "Castle Doctrine" legislation spreads around the nation like CHLs have in recent years.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 12:43:01 PM EDT
We need SBR and SBS next.

Link Posted: 4/4/2006 12:48:06 PM EDT



oh crap. now people are going to shoot eachother every time someone walks across someone elses lawn! i heard it from the VPC!

seriously though, good for 'bama!

Link Posted: 4/4/2006 12:54:44 PM EDT
Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Link Posted: 4/4/2006 12:55:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
We need SBR and SBS next.




Are you allowed MGs or suppressors? Or are they a no-no as well?
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 12:56:35 PM EDT
freedom is truly on the march in the red states. if only we could do the same on the national level. obviously, the blue states are a lost cause
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 1:28:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By roboman:

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
We need SBR and SBS next.




Are you allowed MGs or suppressors? Or are they a no-no as well?


Everything else is allowed. Just SBS and SBR. From what I gather, it's left over from the "civil rights" days. Can't have those negros carrying around sawed off shotguns ya know.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 1:37:10 PM EDT
Kentucky has it in the works. It passed the house with only 4 votes againsts it. If the Senate brings it up it should go right on through.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 1:50:44 PM EDT
Fuckin' HELL YEAH!

SG
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 1:52:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CRC:
Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama.




I thought Georgia got on the wagon too.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 1:53:43 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 2:02:42 PM EDT
Good news.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 2:06:17 PM EDT
House bill 833 would allow sbrs. There is little time for it to pass, but it is out there. Hats off to the NRA, and all who supported the castle doctrine.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 2:09:05 PM EDT
oooh no! there's going to be shootouts over parking spaces, just like in FL and MS!!!


congrats on getting the rights that everyone deserves in the first place. maybe we ARE taking our country back bit by bit
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 2:09:21 PM EDT
Georgia just passed a similar law.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 2:16:28 PM EDT
Anyone wanna come break into my house so I can test it out?


Woody
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 2:59:50 PM EDT
WoOt!
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 4:21:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 4:22:38 PM EDT by USPC40]

Originally Posted By CRC:
Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama.



And there I thought living in the deep South couldn't get any better.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 4:27:11 PM EDT
Good deal. Virginia had it on the plate for 2006 vote but pulled it when the Dems started calling it a license to kill anyone you want. Its the same crap the left said about the CWP movement in the 90's. I think we need it at the federal level. Its something that was a given up untill the 1970's. Pretty soon we will need laws to protect our rights to eat beef its getting so screwed up.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 4:29:11 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 5:49:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By roboman:
Hopefully "Castle Doctrine" legislation spreads around the nation like CHLs have in recent years.



Bout time you made it to the 20th Century, CA has had the "Richardson Law" for decades. (The Richardson Law was named for the State Rep that got it through. He so thouroughly pissed off the Dems they automatically killed any bill he had any thing to do with. It confirmed and clarified the CA "Castle" law.)
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 6:11:00 PM EDT
With overwhelming support, SB 283 passed the Alabama House with a vote of 82 to 9 and the Alabama State Senate with a vote of 30 to 2.

But I thought gun owners were just the "lunatic fringe"... that is what the Brady Bunch keep telling us.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 6:17:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Napoleon_Tanerite:
oooh no! there's going to be shootouts over parking spaces, just like in FL and MS!!!


congrats on getting the rights that everyone deserves in the first place. maybe we ARE taking our country back bit by bit



OMG, shootings in AL might start approaching gun-control states like CA or NY
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 6:26:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 6:26:41 PM EDT by HardShell]

Originally Posted By PaDanby:
Bout time you made it to the 20th Century, CA has had the "Richardson Law" for decades...



Yeah, but we can buy new-production "assault weapons" and full-cap mags to defend our "castles" with...


(J/K - wouldn't have done it but for the "2oth Century" comment. )
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 10:11:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By HardShell:

Originally Posted By PaDanby:
Bout time you made it to the 20th Century, CA has had the "Richardson Law" for decades...



Yeah, but we can buy new-production "assault weapons" and full-cap mags to defend our "castles" with...


(J/K - wouldn't have done it but for the "2oth Century" comment. )



What's an "assault weapon"? Only certain states still use that illegitimate term.
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 11:26:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By LARRYG:
What's an "assault weapon"? Only certain states still use that illegitimate term.



Yep... including CA, the state being held up as an example of how backward we are.

(And I put the term in quotes for a reason, y'know. )
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 12:51:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PaDanby:

Originally Posted By roboman:
Hopefully "Castle Doctrine" legislation spreads around the nation like CHLs have in recent years.



Bout time you made it to the 20th Century, CA has had the "Richardson Law" for decades. (The Richardson Law was named for the State Rep that got it through. He so thouroughly pissed off the Dems they automatically killed any bill he had any thing to do with. It confirmed and clarified the CA "Castle" law.)



Don't point and laugh. AL has had the "Castle Doctrine", this extends it, like FL, to anywhere the CCW "has a right to be".

Link Posted: 4/5/2006 12:57:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:
... Don't point and laugh. AL has had the "Castle Doctrine", this extends it, like FL, to anywhere the CCW "has a right to be".



... and provides civil liability protection. This is probably the more important part of the legislation in practical terms, as Alabama juries historically haven't indicted/convicted (nor our DAs typically prosecuted) those who shot justifiably in defense of life & limb.
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 1:18:16 PM EDT
But doesn’t this mean poor innocent criminals could be killed? Great way to reduce the over crowded prison system.
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 2:40:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By markmars:
But doesn’t this mean poor innocent criminals could be killed? Great way to reduce the over crowded prison system.


Our local news station did a story about the new law the other day. While a large majority of Alabama citizens agree with it, apparently most of the inner city folks are against it. They showed many of them saying they were worried that people would use it as an excuse to kill someone they didn't like. It's been said that the real reason they are worried is that law abiding armed citizens will shoot them when they break into homes or try to car jack someone. Too bad!
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 3:10:48 PM EDT
FWIW, this was the Alabama blurb in today's USA Today national state-by-state section.
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 3:12:42 PM EDT
Now they just need to allow SBS and SBRs (whichever one it is that they don't allow -- I forget)
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 3:22:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jblachly:
Now they just need to allow SBS and SBRs (whichever one it is that they don't allow -- I forget)



Neither, as it is now... and we're working on it!
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 3:50:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By HardShell:

Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:
... Don't point and laugh. AL has had the "Castle Doctrine", this extends it, like FL, to anywhere the CCW "has a right to be".



... and provides civil liability protection. This is probably the more important part of the legislation in practical terms, as Alabama juries historically haven't indicted/convicted (nor our DAs typically prosecuted) those who shot justifiably in defense of life & limb.



Does the law outlaw civil trials in justified shoots, like the Florida one? That's terrific!
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