Governor Corbett Signs Self Defense Bill Into Law

Governor CorbettMoments ago, in a private ceremony in his office, Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 40 into law, significantly expanding the self-defense rights of the law-abiding citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

As this column recently reported, despite media characterization of the bill as simply an expansion of ‘Castle Doctrine’, this bill also contains a limited ‘Stand Your Ground’ provision as well as a long anticipated legal presumption of reasonableness in certain cases of self defense.

Citizens of Pennsylvania should take the time to thank Governor Corbett for signing this important piece of public safety legislation.

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About John Pierce

Monachus Lex is written by Virginia attorney John Pierce. John is a life-long gun rights advocate, an NRA certified instructor and co-founder of the nationwide gun rights group OpenCarry.org.

He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems, an MBA from George Mason University and is a 2012 Honors Graduate of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, MN.

Professionally, John is a member of the American Bar Association Second Amendment Civil Rights Litigation Subcommittee and his writings have been published by the ABA Civil Rights Litigation Committee and the ABA Minority Trial Lawyer Committee.

In addition, his open carry advocacy has been featured on Nightline and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.

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2 Responses to Governor Corbett Signs Self Defense Bill Into Law

  1. Mr Gordon says:

    CCW in Philly?

  2. jedo says:

    very interesting,excellent subject,enjoyed every minute. all of the other leaders in the country should follow his lead.

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