Virginia had a change of power as a result of November's General Election. The Virginia General Assembly now is controlled by the Republicans with a clear majority in the House of Delegates and a tie break with the Lieutenant Governor in the Senate. Now, the first test of power is before the General Assembly.
Conservatives and gun owners are fairly aware of the "Castle Doctrine". This is a law which can provide civil and/or criminal immunity to an individual who is defending his/her property by force, including deadly force, from an intruder. This law is currently on the books in 30 states. Castle, refers to a property owner's right to defend his/her property or 'castle'. The National Rifle Association and numerous other pro second amendment rights groups fully back this legislation. This law is embraced by conservatives and constitutionalists who want to restore more individual liberty.
In Virginia, now is the time to the Republicans to exercise their new found power. There are four "Castle Doctrine" bills currently working through the House of Delegate's Courts of Justice subcommittee. Each bill varies to some degree with protections or immunity from prosecution. One of the main variables proposed by Delegate Dickie Bell would provide full civil and criminal protection of the property owner (HB 48). Delegate Greg Habeeb commented today on WCHV that the Republicans are working hard to craft the right bill that will achieve the true tenants of 'Castle Doctrine'.
Now is truly a good time for second amendment advocates to be engaged with the Virginia General Assembly to assure this initiative can become law.