Missouri’s Self-defense Laws May Expand


Jonathan Harper
KSPR
April 13, 2014

New change in law would expand castle doctrine to include vehicles as well.

New change in law would expand castle doctrine to include vehicles as well.

The Missouri House has approved a bill that expands a self defense law against home intruders. The castle doctrine law was approved in 2007. It gave Missouri residents the right to defend themselves and their property. That law allows the use of deadly force for someone who is breaking into your home. But the expansion includes more than just homeowners.

Jesse Bebout was born and raised in Springfield and now works at the Cherokee Firearms gun shop in the city. Bebout says he thinks the increase in gun owners across the state has led to the change of the law.

[...] The change in the law also expands out to your vehicle in addition to your home. Bebout says he rents a house with his girlfriend and it only makes sense that his friends and family would be covered on his property to defend themselves as well.

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