Panel Kills Bill Allowing Deadly Force in Va. Homes

February 15, 2011

A Senate subcommittee has killed a bill to allow individuals who feel they are in danger to use deadly force against intruders.

Botetourt Republican Del. William Cleaveland's bill would have provided civil immunity to residents who kill intruders. The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 12-3 Monday to kill the bill.

The House passed it 75-23 last week.

Democratic Sen. Roscoe Reynolds of Henry County said the bill was not necessary because supporters have not been able to provide evidence that anyone has ever been indicted or sued because they used such force against an intruder.

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