WPR News
8:14 am
Thu February 21, 2008

Castle Doctrine Bill Revised

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming House members gave initial approval to a bill that would allow people to shoot to kill intruders to their home.

But lawmakers fought off attempts to restore a controversial part of the measure. During debate of the bill called the Castle Doctrine, sponsor Lorraine Quarberg urged lawmakers to allow people to choose not to retreat when confronted with crime.

Quarberg wants people to be allowed to take defensive action, outside of a home.

But opponents argued that the provision would lead to legalized gun play on city streets and others feared that criminals might be able to use the law to their advantage.

The attempt to restore that part of the bill failed, but the rest of it passed and will be debated two more times.