Strengthening of Castle Doctrine Under Consideration

10/3/11 – A bill to be considered on the floor of the Wisconsin Assembly would strengthen the law known as the Castle doctrine, allowing a person who kills or injuries someone breaking in their home, business or car to claim self-defense. The NRA and state law enforcement agencies back the change. The Assembly Judiciary Committee approved it last week. Some legislators questioned the definition of a castle or dwelling, wondering what happens if a burglar is killed on the front sidewalk. The Wisconsin Bar Association is on record against the legislation, fearing it could establish presumption in favor of a murderer. Supporters say homeowners should be able to shoot first and ask questions later if they find someone breaking into their home.