State Assembly passes 'Castle Doctrine'

CREATED Nov 4, 2011

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Republican-controlled Legislature has approved a bill that would allow homeowners to kill intruders without fear of liability.

The bill creates a presumption of legal immunity for someone who injures or kills a person breaking into the defender's home, vehicle or workplace. The measure requires a judge to presume that the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent harm.

The Assembly passed the proposal earlier this week. The Senate passed it 26-7 Thursday, but changed the language to clarify the immunity presumption wouldn't apply to a shooter who attacked someone they should have known was a public safety officer.

The Assembly approved the changes 71-24 early Friday. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker, who can sign it into law or veto it.