Benninghoff Supports Self-Defense Bill Sent to Governor’s Desk

Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) on Monday voted in support of a bill enhancing a self-defense provision in Pennsylvania law known as the “Castle Doctrine.” 

“The Castle Doctrine is based on that age-old saying that every man or woman’s home is his or her castle,” Benninghoff said.  “Law-abiding folks must have the ability to defend their families and their homes.” 

The Castle Doctrine empowers a person to protect his or her home with lethal force, if necessary, when an intruder attempts to enter the property.  The bill would apply to the person’s vehicle as well as his or her home. 

The bill would create an assumption that an attacker or intruder who is in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering a home or car intends to do great bodily harm to the occupants. 

“Current law does too much to defend criminals and not enough to empower citizens to protect themselves,” Benninghoff said.  “This bill would change that.” 

House Bill 1926 now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature. 

Rep. Kerry Benninghoff
171st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(814) 355-1300
(717) 783-1918
Contact:  Dan Massing
House Public Relations
(717) 772-9845

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