Castle doctrine; encodes version allowing use of deadly force against an intruder in dwelling. (HB1573)

Introduced By

Del. Bill Cleaveland (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Castle doctrine.  Encodes a version of the "castle doctrine," allowing the use of physical force, including deadly force, against an intruder in his dwelling who has committed an overt act against him, without civil liability. Read the Bill »


02/14/2011: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/05/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101224D
01/05/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2011Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/17/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 3-N)
01/31/2011Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (16-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2011Read first time
02/03/2011Passed by for the day
02/04/2011Passed by for the day
02/06/2011Passed by for the day
02/07/2011Read second time
02/07/2011Committee amendments agreed to
02/07/2011Amendment by Delegate Morrissey rejected
02/07/2011Engrossed by House as amended HB1573E
02/07/2011Printed as engrossed 11101224D-E
02/08/2011Read third time and passed House (75-Y 23-N)
02/08/2011VOTE: PASSAGE (75-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2011Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (8-Y 4-N 1-A) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 9 clips in all, totaling 9 minutes.