Civil immunity; provided for persons acting in defense of property. (HB2511)

Introduced By

Del. Bill Cleaveland (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Immunity for persons acting in defense of property. Provides civil immunity for a person who injuries or kills another while engaged in the defense of his dwelling, its curtilage, or any occupant thereof. However, the immunity only applies if, after an investigation by the attorney for the Commonwealth or other responsible law-enforcement agency, no criminal charges are filed against the person, the person is acquitted of any criminal charges, or any criminal charges are dismissed with prejudice. Read the Bill »


02/21/2011: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/21/2011Presented and ordered printed 11104518D
01/21/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/25/2011Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
01/26/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 3-N)
01/31/2011Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2011Committee substitute printed 11104794D-H1
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 substitute agreed to 11104794D-H1
02/07/2011Amendment by Delegate Morrissey rejected
02/07/2011Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2511H1
02/08/2011Read third time and passed House (73-Y 26-N)
02/08/2011VOTE: PASSAGE (73-Y 26-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/11/2011Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/21/2011Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (12-Y 3-N) (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, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


J. Tyler Ballance writes:

Not needed.

Every shooting must be examined on its own merits.

There are a multitude of scenarios where someone could suddenly appear on your property, without malicious intent.

There is also plenty of protection under existing law for those who are genuinely threatened or attacked.