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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Mo. House passes change in self-defense law

  • The Missouri House has approved legislation expanding a self-defense law against home intruders.
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  • The Missouri House has approved legislation expanding a self-defense law against home intruders.
    A so-called "castle doctrine" law approved in 2007 gives Missourians a right to defend themselves and their property. The law says that people can use deadly force to stop an intruder in a home or vehicle. There is no duty to retreat if someone enters illegally.
    The measure, HB 1539, passed by the House with a 110-39 vote on Thursday, April 10, would extend that right to people on a property with the owner's consent.
    Current law applies only to the owner or tenant of a location.
    The legislation now heads to the Senate.
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