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Vic303
03-27-2007, 14:00
Texas signs new self-defense by gun law

By Ed Stoddard 15 minutes ago

DALLAS (Reuters) - Criminals in Texas beware: if you threaten someone in their car or office, the citizens of this state where guns are ubiquitous have the right to shoot you dead.


Governor Rick Perry's office said on Tuesday that he had signed a new law that expands Texans' existing right to use deadly force to defend themselves "without retreat" in their homes, cars and workplaces.

"The right to defend oneself from an imminent act of harm should not only be clearly defined in Texas law, but is intuitive to human nature," Perry said on his Web site.

The new law, which takes affect on September 1, extends an exception to a statute that required a person to retreat in the face of a criminal attack. The exception was in the case of an intruder unlawfully entering a person's home.

The law extends a person's right to stand their ground beyond the home to vehicles and workplaces, allowing the reasonable use of deadly force, the governor's office said.

The reasonable use of lethal force will be allowed if an intruder is:

- Committing certain violent crimes, such as murder or sexual assault, or is attempting to commit such crimes

- Unlawfully trying to enter a protected place

- Unlawfully trying to remove a person from a protected place.

The law also provides civil immunity for a person who lawfully slays an intruder or attacker in such situations.

Texas joins several other states including Florida that have or are considering similar laws.

Sympathy for violent offenders and criminals in general runs low in Texas, underscored by its busy death row. The state leads the United States in executions with 388 since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 by the
U.S. Supreme Court.

A conservative political outlook and widespread fondness for hunting also means Texans are a well-armed people capable of defending themselves with deadly force.

It is easy to acquire guns over the counter in Texas and lawful to carry a concealed handgun with a permit.

hungoverharry
03-27-2007, 14:13
Awesome. :thumbsup:

cwood
03-27-2007, 15:05
Remember, that is does not take effect until September 1, so do not base any of your activities on the new law until that time. The old status is still in effect.

This IS a good thing, though.

SMOKEin
03-27-2007, 16:25
Originally posted by Vic303
The law also provides civil immunity for a person who lawfully slays an intruder or attacker in such situations.



thats HUGE

dglockster
03-27-2007, 18:26
"Well Done!" to all of you who wrote your state reps and senators to vote for this bill and to those of you who contacted Governor Perry's office in favor of his signing the bill.

texduramax
03-27-2007, 19:39
Goes into effect Sept. 1, opening day of hunting season.

Coincidence? I think not. :supergrin:

Gumbo
03-27-2007, 19:57
Outstanding!! Huge...

Now, since this is done if we can just get past the hurdle of being able to keep our weapons in our private vehicles while at work I'll consider this legislative session a huge success - at least in regards CCW.

sdsnet
03-27-2007, 21:18
Its great to be a born and raised Texan ! This new law is what every state needs.

bluelineman
03-27-2007, 22:32
:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:


Here is the bill text.

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/80R/billtext/html/SB00378I.htm

dglockster
03-28-2007, 06:43
The text of the link above in regard to SECTION 4. Section 83.001, Civil Practice and Remedies Code is different from this one: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/80R/billtext/html/SB00378F.htm

Which one did the Governor sign? Hopefully, it was the one that provides civil immunity and not affirmative defense.

cwood
03-28-2007, 09:09
Look at the text on the link you provided. You will see that "Affirmative Defense" has been lined out and replaced by "Civil Immunity".

In reading these bills, you will note that what they do is to line out wording which is being eliminated and then pasting in the wording that they want to have appear in the final product.

Often, when a bill arrives in a committee, the wording will be adjusted to emphasize or clarify a point. This is then referred to as the "Committee Substitute" and often is acceptable to the author as it will help ensure a postitve report from the committee.

You will here the term "Committee Substitute" quite frequently.

In searching for the text of a bill you will hear various terms to describe the text as the bill progresses through the process. Terms like:
Submitted
Committee Substitute
Enrolled
Engrossed

For clarity, try to select latest of these options as they become available. In some cases, it seems like learning a whole new language and that they are speaking 'in tongues'.

I hope this helps.

BlueMerle
03-28-2007, 09:31
Originally posted by Gumbo
Outstanding!! Huge...

Now, since this is done if we can just get past the hurdle of being able to keep our weapons in our private vehicles while at work I'll consider this legislative session a huge success - at least in regards CCW.

+1

I am hopeful that the "parking lot" bill will pass, but it does have some stiff opposition.



EDIT: changed "opponents" to "opposition"... because "stiff opponents" just didn't sound right. :rofl:

Lykoi
03-29-2007, 01:44
parking lot law, open carry, and a free box of ammo when you get your CHL would make this state unbeatable :)

rampre
04-01-2007, 12:03
Finally, the government has done something right for it's people.