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well life in the state of Virginia just got very interesting

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jarasanComment by jarasan - February 2, 2012, 9:56 pm
You have nothing to worry about if you don't break into peoples homes.
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Boney526Comment by Boney526 - February 2, 2012, 10:32 pm
Wouldn't necessarily conclude that, Jarasan. I'd have to see the specific wording of the bill, but I believe it may actually be too forgiving.

I'm a staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment, and whatnot, but I'm pretty sure that was already under common law.... If all this means is that by (you) being in someone's property, your family loses the right to sue if you die, then that could be a way to legalize murder in the wrong situation.

Oh god I just sounded so progressive, and I'm not. If someone's in your house unlawfully, of course you have the right to defend your family. I'd just hate to see the case where Person A is in Person B's house with Person B's permission, and gets killed, while Person B just says he unlawfully entered....

Although I guess that could just as easily happen now. IDK if it was already assumed in the law, what was the point in passing this? Maybe Virginia had a law against killing people who enter your house illegally, like NJ. (In NJ, it doesn't even matter if they have a weapon, if you shoot them, you're charged criminally, which is overkill - at least according to a couple of police officers I've talked to about it)
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rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - February 3, 2012, 4:55 pm
When TN passed that law a couple years ago, the big emphasis was that we could now shoot an intruder for messing with our property, not just our lives. It even uncomplicates shooting somebody for messing with a neighbors property too, which is cool.
Not that I would hesitate shootin' 'em anyway even before the law.
I'M the law on MY property.
Dadgum better believe it.

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