Self-defense; person who lawfully occupies dwelling may use degree of force against an intruder. (HB251)

Introduced By

Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville) with support from co-patron Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Self-defense and defense of others. Provides that any person who lawfully occupies a dwelling is justified in using any degree of physical force, including deadly physical force, against another person when the other person has unlawfully entered the dwelling, has committed an overt act toward the occupant or another person in the dwelling, and the occupant reasonably believes he or another person in the dwelling is in imminent danger of bodily injury. The bill also provides that a person who uses justifiable force against an intruder shall be immune from civil liability for injuries or death of the other person. Read the Bill »


02/03/2010: Merged into HB854


01/11/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100847D
01/11/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2010Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/27/2010Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB854-Morefield)
02/01/2010Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB854-Morefield)
02/03/2010Incorporated by Courts of Justice (HB854-Morefield)