Iowa Considers Castle Doctrine – State Legislature Considers Removing ‘Duty to Retreat’
Important changes to self-defense law in Iowa, otherwise known as the Castle Doctrine.
Iowa is one of the states that requires you to pretty much be cornered to use deadly force. Yesterday, the legislature made steps to correct that lunacy. The state House Public Safety Committee passed House File 573 by a 14 to 7 vote. The legislation will now be sent to the House floor for consideration.
House File 573 would remove a person’s “duty to retreat” from an attacker, allowing law-abiding citizens to stand their ground and protect themselves or their family anywhere they are lawfully present. It would create a presumption that an individual who unlawfully or forcefully enters your dwelling, place of business or employment, or occupied vehicle is there to cause serious bodily injury or death, so the occupant may use force, including deadly force, against that person. HF 573 also would expressly enhance the protections against criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits when justifiable force is used.
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