This post is in error that Arkansas has a “Stand Your Ground” law. It does, however, have a “Castle Doctrine ” as stated:Arkansas’s Castle Doctrine The castle doctrine in Arkansas allows the use of deadly force to defend one’s self, their home, and others on the property, if they feel that they are about to be severely harmed or killed. It may also be used if the person believes a felony is about to be committed.StatuteA.C.A. §§ 5-2-606, -607, -608, -620What is Castle Doctrine?Castle Laws are laws that address the use of force when defending one’s self inside their home, or on their property. Some states expand this to vehicles, and the person’s place of work. Castle Laws generally include: the places where this law applies, the requirements fro use of deadly force, if there is a duty to retreat, the amount of force that maybe used in defending one’s self or others. These vary widely from state to state.
I often wonder why business owners located in out of control rioting cities do not post a warning at the door that states,
“This business is guarded by armed owner. Based on insert state name here statute Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground §§ X-Y-Z0Z, -Z0A, -Z0B, -ZC0 applies and deadly force will be used.”
Then I reasoned that many states do not have a castle doctrine or stand your ground statute in place. This promoted me to look at my own state, Pennsylvania. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Pennsylvania is a stand your ground state. I found all the states who have a castle doctrine or stand your ground statute listed over at World Population Review. I copy and pasted them below to make it easier for review.
The follow twenty-three states have a castle doctrine statute that varies slightly from each other. At a 10,000-foot level the castle doctrine gives a justification for using lethal force against an intruder in your home, business, or vehicle. Each states castle doctrine statute is slightly different. Below, click on your state or state of interest to find how that state fares:
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
Stand Your Ground Law
The following twenty-six states have passed a stand your ground” statute. At a 10,000-foot level the stand your ground statute gives justification for using lethal force against any perceived threat to you or a bystander anywhere in the state. Each state’s stand your ground statute is slightly different. Below, click on your state or state of interest to find how that state fares:
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina**
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
The following have a “Duty to Retreat” law:
- Washington D.C.
Please keep in mind that if you use lethal force no matter how justified you are more than likely you will be taken into custody for questioning. The only thing you should say is, “I was afraid for my life. I want to talk to an attorney.” Putting all the pieces together after a lethal shooting will be a lot easier if you have an attorney present when you explain what happened to the police. Your adrenaline will be pumping, and words have meaning’s. Staying quiet is a benefit to you for sure and also the police who want to exonerate you especially when it is obviously an open and shut justifiable shoot.
I gave you the tools now check your state or state of interest out and be educated.
* Illinois’s version of the castle doctrine has more restrictions. The castle doctrine for Illinois does not include one’s workplace or vehicle. Additionally, one is only allowed to use deadly force if an intruder is committing a felony or enters the home in a “violent, riotous or tumultuous manner.” World Population review 2020
** North Carolina has a broad version of the castle doctrine. It states that a person who “unlawfully and forcibly” enters one’s home, workplace, or car is presumed to intend violence and to harm, and therefore it is easy to establish self-defense. World Population review 2020
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