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Proposed legislation seeking to amend Texas’ Castle Doctrine is already riling members of the state legislature ahead of the upcoming session in Austin.

The Democrat who introduced the proposal claims it’s necessary because existing law enables citizens to be judges, juries, and executors too easily.

Click2Houston.com reports:

The “castle doctrine” is outlined in the state’s penal code. It gives people the right to use deadly force to protect their “land or tangible, movable property.”

State Rep. Terry Meza, D-Irving, filed House Bill 196 in early November, which would modify part of the code to require a person to be “unable to safely retreat” before they could use deadly force to protect their habitation or property. It would also remove robbery and aggravated robbery as crimes that could be legally stopped with deadly force by property owners.

Some posts circulating on social media have insinuated that Meza’s bill seeks to end the “castle doctrine” because it requires a person to retreat from their property before using deadly force.

Vince Leibowitz, spokesman for Meza, told the Associated Press that the bill deals only with situations outside the home, leaving intact Texas law relating to situations inside someone’s own “habitation,” defined in the state penal code as “a structure or vehicle that is adapted for the overnight accommodation of persons.”

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Betty Harrison
Betty Harrison
2 months ago

impeach her all people should right to defend She likely want to defund the police. Anyone who votes for this bill would never get a vote from me .

Recce1
Recce1
2 months ago
Reply to  Betty Harrison

Are you that ignorant of TX law regarding who can be impeached?

AD Roberts
AD Roberts
2 months ago
Reply to  Recce1

It can be done. It is called CRIMINAL CHARGES. And the usual way is by voting them out. This is a Mexican woman probably running in a Mexican district. How else would you get rid of them? BUY THE VOTES OF THE ILLEGALS?????

Tom Wnorowski
Tom Wnorowski
2 months ago

I’m supposed to run away so you can rob me and hurt my family? Bull.

Oirish
Oirish
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom Wnorowski

Representative Mesa probably has body guards for protection along with a high tech security system. The legislator is not worried about a home robbery and/or a home invasion as are the rest of us peons.

Oirish
Oirish
2 months ago
Reply to  Oirish

Name correction Mesa.

DianeLynn
DianeLynn
2 months ago
Reply to  Oirish

A Mess seems more appropriate.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 months ago

Need Castle Doctrine nationwide & applies to McCloskeys in MO esp

Mari Jo Oneill
Mari Jo Oneill
2 months ago

I agree it should be across the Country.