Gun bill takes aim at "Castle Doctrine"
POSTED: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 6:12pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 3, 2013 - 4:37pm
In the batch of gun-related proposals in the hopper in Austin, is a bill that many say might weaken your right of self defense.
The bill has been introduced by a Houston Representative.
And he says, it is intended to help prevent spur of the moment mistakes.
But gun advocates disagree.
Its official name is House Bill 3773.
The author is Houston Representative Garnet Coleman.
And its purpose is to add some layers of restraint on the doctrine of Stand Your Ground.
Some of the changes are to wording which defines when you can defend yourself with a gun outside the home.
Under the old law, you needed to “reasonably believe” you or a third person were in danger. That phrase would be changed to you must be “substantially certain.”
It also returns to the principle that before resorting to force, you must try to leave the situation.
It removes simple robbery as a reason to use deadly force.
The general trend nationally has been toward more permission to, as the phrase implies, stand your ground and not retreat from a threatening situation.
Some have argued that is an invitation to overreact, as many believe happened in the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida.
Coleman admits though, the bill has little or no chance of passage in this session.