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78 Main Street, 1st Floor
Bradford, PA 16701
Phone: 814-362-4400
Toll-Free:  1-866-437-8181
Fax:  814-362-4405
Hours:  Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed noon to 1 p.m. daily

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Room 1
Coudersport, PA 16915
Phone: 814-274-9769
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Closed noon to 1 p.m. daily

55 Fraley Street
Kane, PA 16735
Phone: 814-837-0880
Fax: 814 837-2257
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Closed noon to 1 p.m. daily

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150 Main Capitol
PO Box 202067
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2067
Phone: 717-787-5075
Fax:  717-705-7021

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MCauser@PahouseGOP.com

Causer Applauds Castle Doctrine Being Signed into Law
6/28/2011

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) said today legislation reinforcing a person’s right to defend himself or herself in the face of an intruder has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett.

 

“I am pleased Gov. Corbett acted quickly to sign this bill into law,” Causer said. “Law-abiding people under attack should not have to retreat before taking action to protect themselves. This law reaffirms our right to protect ourselves, not only in our homes but in our vehicles or any other place we have a legal right be.”

 

The law, also known as the Castle Doctrine, creates a presumption in law that an attacker or intruder intends to do great bodily harm and therefore force, including deadly force, may be used to protect oneself, one’s family and others in the face of an attack while at home or in an occupied vehicle. The presumption also applies if a person is trying to unlawfully remove an occupant, against the occupant’s will, from a home or vehicle. 

 

The presumption would not apply if the person entering a home was: 

                                      

  • Another resident of the home.
  • A law enforcement officer.
  • A parent, grandparent or other guardian removing a child from the home or vehicle. 

In addition, the presumption would not apply if a person was using their home or vehicle to further criminal activity. The bill also offers specific protection against civil liability for the lawful use of force in self-defense. 

 

The law will take effect in 60 days.

 

State Representative Martin Causer
67th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Patricia Hippler
phippler@pahousegop.com
717.772.9846
RepCauser.com
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