Self-Defense Law for Crime Victims
"Currently, even if you defended yourself justifiably," said Rep. Marilyn Ruestman, the bill's sponsor, "you could be sued by the perpetrator or the criminal or by the family."
Missouri's existing law lets you use deadly force only while a criminal is actually entering your home.
"Once he's inside, he can fix a sandwich, watch television, take a nap," explained lawyer Kevin Jamison. "You can't do anything."
The proposed law would protect you from lawsuits or charges if you use force at any time while a criminal is in your home.
"It makes the criminal have to second-guess if you are, in fact, going to use any serious defense mechanisms," added Ruestman.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will soon decide whether to send the self-defense bill to the Senate floor.
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